‘Corona-washing’: How the tobacco industry is advancing its interests in the midst of the pandemic

Tobacco companies are using familiar tactics to maintain profitability and create a positive image during the pandemic.

Cigarettes are not considered to be essential consumer goods in most countries and therefore are not included in national planning to ensure supply to the general public. As many small shops selling food and essential products remain open, however, tobacco and e-cigarettes are still accessible to consumers on a daily basis. There are some exceptions, where selling cigarettes has been banned during national lockdowns. Nonetheless, several investment analysts are claiming that tobacco stocks are not being impacted by the pandemic, as a majority of countries have not taken steps to curtail the sale of tobacco products during the pandemic.

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