Tobacco industry lobbies Bangladesh Government Agency to champion its business during COVID-19 pandemic

July 3, 2020

Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented level of tobacco industry interference during the COVID-19 crisis. The tobacco industry in Bangladesh, dominated by two transnational tobacco companies, British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI), has exploited the ongoing pandemic to protect its cigarette business. While publicly building their image by making donations during the pandemic, privately the two companies lobbied a government department to act on their behalf to ensure they can continue production during the lockdown. This resulted in two ministries arguing against each other and industry interference intensified in Bangladesh.

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