Tobacco Industry Interference Index: Asian Report of Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3 (2018)

Author: Mary Assunta The tobacco industry wants Asia.1 Asia’s large population and a growing economy have delivered sustained profits for tobacco companies and have made the industry more aggressive in protecting and growing its business. However, tobacco control efforts have progressed in leaps and bounds in Asia with nearly all Asian countries having ratified the […]

Handbook on Implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3: Policies and Practices that Protect Against Tobacco Industry Interference (2018)

I. Introduction This handbook summarizes reports on the implementation of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization – Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in order to prompt information exchange among Parties to the WHO FCTC. It aims to raise awareness of international instruments that Parties to the WHO FCTC can use to support […]

Tobacco Industry Interference Index: Asian Report on Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 5.3 (2018)

Author: Mary Assunta Introduction The tobacco industry wants Asia. Asia’s large population and a growing economy have delivered sustained profits for tobacco companies and have made the industry more aggressive in protecting and growing its business. However, tobacco control efforts have progressed in leaps and bounds in Asia with nearly all Asian countries having ratified […]

ILO Should End Cooperation with Tobacco Industry (2018)

Tobacco industry CSR activities undermine progress on health and development and stifle the ability of tobacco workers to express their freedom to associate and bargain collectively. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the sole UN agency that still accepts sponsorship from an industry whose products kill 7 million people globally per year; instead the ILO […]

Old Tactic, New Disguise: PMI-Funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2018)

Introduction Transnational tobacco companies are marketing ‘new generation products’ called heated tobacco products (HTP), which are sticks of compressed processed tobacco intended for heating to a high temperature without causing combustion. When used by a consumer, they generate an inhalable aerosol that contains nicotine and other chemicals. Although these products are not harmless, they are […]

Anti-corruption and Tobacco Control (2017)

I. Introduction This document makes the case for why tobacco control policies, particularly those aimed at protecting public health policymaking from the tobacco industry are, in reality, good governance policies geared towards fighting corruption. It is intended for advocates and governments around the world to give them additional tools to be able to implement the […]

Tobacco Industry Interference Index: Asian Report on Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3 (2017)

Author: Mary Assunta Introduction Recent journalistic exposé have brought the extent of tobacco industry interference to the forefront. A Reuters investigation has revealed Philip Morris International’s (PMI) offensive efforts across several countries on how it works to subvert the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementation on multiple levels. According to the exposé, PMI […]

Hijacking ‘Sustainability’ from the SDGs: Review of Tobacco-Related CSR Activities in the ASEAN Region (2017)

Introduction As the ASEAN region becomes more aware of the deadly effects of tobacco and governments step up regulation of the industry, tobacco companies are resorting to more below-the-line tactics to promote their corporate name and products to reach consumers. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have become one of the key strategies exploited by the […]

SEATCA Tobacco Industry Interference Index: A tool for measuring implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3 (2016)

Authors:  Mary Assunta & Ulysses Dorotheo Abstract Objective To measure the implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3 at country level using a new Tobacco Industry Interference Index and to report initial results using this index in seven Southeast Asian countries. Methods Score sheet based on WHO FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines sent to […]