New Global Index Shows Aggressive Tobacco Industry Lobbying in 2019 and Exploitation of COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

Data from 57 Countries Reveal Governments Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Policy From Industry Influence BANGKOK and NEW YORK (November 17, 2020) – New research citing evidence collected by civil society groups in 57 countries reveals that, during 2019, the tobacco industry stepped up efforts to lobby governments through departments of finance, customs, and trade. This enabled […]

Smoke and Mirrors: Weak EU Transparency Rules Allow Tobacco Industry Lobbyists to Dodge Scrutiny

July 2, 2020 Given the upcoming revision of the Tobacco Products Directive, it is high time that the EU meets its obligations to ensure that lobbying by the tobacco industry to influence public officials faces tighter scrutiny and pro-active transparency. As the European Union prepares for a review and possible revision of its Tobacco Products […]


March 12, 2020 The European Commission needs to strengthen mechanisms for preventing covert lobbying and regulatory capture, said Transparency International EU today, following new reports that detail how the tobacco industry undermined the creation of a robust EU infrastructure to curb the illicit trade in cigarettes. Read more: Transparency

E-Cigarette Use & Ads Aimed At Kids Threaten Tobacco Control Gains – On 15th Anniversary Of International Convention

March 6, 2020 As the World Health Organization and WHO member states celebrate 15 years since the signing of the the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), the global uptake in e-cigarettes, as well as targeted advertising aimed at children and adolescents, threatens the worldwide gains that have been achieved in reducing tobacco use. Read more: […]

Philip Morris in breach of SA’s tobacco law with sponsored campaign

February 12, 2020 Business Day recently published an article sponsored by Philip Morris SA (PMSA), “Unsmoke SA: it’s time for a new conversation to reduce smoking rates” and BusinessTech also published a similar article. In both PMSA advertises and promotes the heat-not-burn tobacco product IQOS. Read more: Business Live

British American Tobacco accused of depriving developing countries of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax needed to provide people with health services

May 1, 2019 “Tobacco firm BAT ‘costs developing countries $700m in tax”, 30 April 2019 British American Tobacco has been accused of depriving developing countries of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax by using “financial manoeuvring” to shift profits to a UK subsidiary. Read more: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre  

Philip Morris International pretends to care

April 7, 2019 Philip Morris International announced ( today that they have pledged $1 billion to work towards a smoke-free world. Some are inclined to greet this announcement with applause; but this venture should instead be viewed with a critical eye and a healthy amount of skepticism. Read more: Action on Smoking & Health

Revealed: the free-market groups helping the tobacco industry

More than 100 free-market thinktanks from North America to Europe and south Asia took positions helpful to the tobacco industry or accepted donations, Guardian investigation shows Authors: Jessica GlenzaThe Guardian Free-market thinktanks around the world provide a powerful voice of support to cigarette manufacturers in battles against tougher regulations, a Guardian investigation shows. The tobacco […]

WHO vows tighter, broader actions against tobacco, industry interference

October 7, 2018 The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. Read more: Xinhuanet 

Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

Author: Ornstein, C. and Thomas, K. One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Read more: The […]