Tobacco Industry: Decade of Deception and Duplicity (2019)

Tobacco companies “have marketed and sold their lethal product with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted” – Judge Gladys Kessler, United States District Court, 2006 Read more: WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean and WHO FCTC Secretariat’s […]

Selling Addiction: Tobacco Industry Transition to New Products (2019)

To dominate the market for e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, the tobacco industry is re-using tactics that successfully targeted youth and misinformed the public about product safety in the past. While the industry aggressively promotes its new products under the guise of offering solutions, some of the hard-fought, life-saving tobacco control measures currently in place […]

Indicators of Tobacco Industry Interference (2019)

The tobacco industry repeats the same tactics in multiple jurisdictions to interfere with tobacco control. Indicators of the extent of tobacco industry interference include: proindustry elements in tobacco control policy; government behaviour toward the tobacco industry; and actions of government officials in international meetings. Read more: WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean and WHO FCTC […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Smoke-free Environment (2019)

The tobacco industry uses “accommodation policies”, such as designated smoking areas, to promote the “social acceptability” of smoking and encourage smoking or smoking initiation. Transnational tobacco companies mobilize the hospitality industry, downplay the dangers of tobacco smoke and provide donations, political contributions and funds for so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities that can influence policy-makers […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (2019)

The tobacco industry’s key strategy to challenge anti-tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) policy is arguing against comprehensive bans. This aims to ensure sufficient loopholes to allow continued marketing of tobacco products through points of sale, targeted promotions and sponsorship. The tobacco industry uses corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to access policy-makers, and utilizes its […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Packaging and Labelling (2019)

Tobacco packs are key to marketing and advertising. The tobacco industry challenges large, graphic warnings and pack size/colour restrictions using intellectual property and “slippery slope” arguments. Through litigation, or threat of litigation, the industry seeks to delay implementation of packaging and labelling restrictions. Donations, political contributions and socalled corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities can result […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Tax Policies (2019)

Tobacco industry interference has been particularly strong against efforts to increase tobacco taxes. The industry aims to ensure that tobacco products remain affordable, while protecting their own profits – at the expense of public health. Tobacco companies target governments and finance ministries with “studies” claiming exaggerated and inaccurate economic impacts from higher taxes. Tobacco transnationals […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics (2019)

Whether selling its new products or traditional cigarettes, the tobacco industry uses the same tactics to create barriers to lifesaving tobacco control measures. Research – the industry works to discredit proven science by sponsoring and promoting research. Law – the industry uses lawyers and front groups to aggressively lobby for pro-industry measures, influence the political […]

Guide for Parties to the WHO FCTC on How to Conduct Tobacco Industry Monitoring (2018)

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 February 2005. It has since become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties […]