Surveillance and Monitoring

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) requires its Parties to regularly collect national data on the magnitude, patterns, determinants and consequences of tobacco use and exposure. Through surveillance and monitoring of tobacco, the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative seeks to improve the availability of surveillance data on tobacco use, exposure and related health […]

Tobacco Company Strategies to Undermine Tobacco Control Activities at the World Health Organization: Report of the Committee of Expert on Tobacco Industry Documents (2000)

Executive Summary A. Introduction In the summer of 1999, an internal report to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that there was evidence in formerly confidential tobacco company documents that tobacco companies had made “efforts to prevent implementation of healthy public policy and efforts to reduce funding of tobacco control within UN […]

Full Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is the Responsibility of all (2020)

Although the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force in 2005, the tobacco control challenge continues to escalate. Despite the fact that tobacco use is finally projected to decrease in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), as indicated in the WHO Global Report on Trends in the Prevalence of Tobacco Use […]

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 […]