Tax Relaxation during COVID-19

Country Tobacco Entity/ Organization Seeking Tax Reprieve Amount/ Period Sought Government Agency Called on News Article Date Source Indonesia Association of Indonesian Cigarette Factory Union (Gappri) “Regretted the issuance of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 18 of 2020 concerning the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024.” Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 18 of 2020 Excise Simplification Creates […]

Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19 (2020)

The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, human rights violations, and more. Frequently Asked Questions Summary The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, child labor, […]

Pushback: Statements and Actions to Counter Tobacco Industry Tactics

  A. Countering Tobacco in the News While TII intensifies during COVID-19, various organizations have pushed back with strong statements condemning the behavior of the tobacco industry and those furthering its interests; or calling for accelerated implementation of tobacco control measures during the pandemic and in the new normal.   Organization/Person Article Title Relevant Statement […]

The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses (2020)

Executive Summary Tobacco use carries risk of COVID-19 transmission and leads to worse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 also endangers those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for which smoking is a major risk factor. Life-saving tobacco control measures that urge smokers to quit would not only address the tobacco epidemic, but also reduce the burden […]

Letter to the Delegates of the 73rd World Health Assembly (2020)

15 May 2020Delegates of the 73rd World Health AssemblyUnited Nations HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland To the Distinguished Delegates of the Seventy-third World Health Assembly: On behalf of civil societies working in tobacco control, we express our highest regard for your commitment and solidarity in addressing global health governance during a tremendously difficult time. We welcome the WHA draft […]

Illicit Trade in Tobacco during COVID-19

Media coverages of illicit trade in tobacco products are typically generated from industry or government sources. A majority of cigarette illicit trade studies are linked to the tobacco industry. A recent UK study shows how “Tobacco companies have been able to disseminate their research to wide audiences in their attempts to increase the public perception […]

An Open Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations (2020)

April 30, 2020 Secretary General António Guterres UNITED NATIONS New York, NY 10027 Dear Secretary General Guterres: The tobacco control community stands with you in your commitment to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 towards “a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable economy, guided by our shared promise —the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” We applaud your […]

COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference (2020)

  I. Background On February 14, 2020, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme posited that smoking is a risk factor for the severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, and that the same would be expected in COVID-19, a respiratory disease.[1] To identify smokers as a potential vulnerable group for COVID-19, health experts […]