Tobacco Industry and Corruption

Posted on May 11, 2021

As the world strives toward vaccination, corruption in the vaccine procurement and distribution process has become an indisputable global health matter that threatens equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The tobacco control community has known about the close connection between tobacco industry and corruption for years. Tobacco companies have become the epitome of bad corporate behavior due to complicity in egregious practices. For governments that are undertaking efforts to fight corruption in healthcare and regulations, customs and finance, Article 5.3 implementation can serve as a starting point, an indicator, a test of resilience and a means to protect public health officials and policymakers from the known unscrupulous tactics of the tobacco industry.

Read the fact sheet here: Tobacco Industry and Corruption

GGTC Materials

Tobacco Industry and Corruption


Learn about the link between tobacco industry and corruption, including existing evidence and the dangers of associating with the tobacco industry, tools and materials available that will help frame issues around corruption and hold the tobacco industry accountable, and practices that will promote integrity and help adopt preventive measures.


Political Corruption in Indonesian Parliament

Almas Sjafrina

Almas Sjafrina discusses how and why political corruption occurs in the Indonesian Parliament


Citizen Mechanism for Reporting Corruption

Fabrice Ebeh

Fabrice Ebeh presents Togo's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres as citizen-driven mechanisms for reporting corruption


Closing Remarks

Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan

Prof. Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan, chair of GGTC, closes the webinar with a call to stop tobacco industry interference and end tobacco industry corruption.


The Tobacco Industry and Corruption

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a partner of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog

Read more about tobacco industry corruption in this issue brief.

GGTC Partners

African Tobacco Control Alliance

GGTC Partners