A Critical Evaluation of the Volume, Relevance and Quality of Evidence Submitted by the Tobacco Industry to Oppose Standardized Packaging of Tobacco Products (2014)

Authors: Jenny Hatchard et al. Abstract Objectives: To examine the volume, relevance and quality of transnational tobacco corporations’ (TTCs) evidence that standardised packaging of tobacco products ‘won’t work’, following the UK government’s decision to ‘wait and see’ until further evidence is available. Design: Content analysis. Setting: We analysed the evidence cited in submissions by the UK’s four largest […]

Tobacco Control in Namibia: The Importance of Government Capacity, Media Coverage and Industry Interference (2014)

Authors: Jamie Tam and Corné van Walbeek  Abstract Background: Namibia is typical of low-income and middle-income countries with growing tobacco use, but with limited capacity to impose comprehensive tobacco control legislation. Despite initiating dialogue on national tobacco control policy in 1991, the country took nearly 20 years to pass the Tobacco Products Control Act. Objective: […]

Representation and Misrepresentation of Scientific Evidence in Contemporary Tobacco Regulation: A Review of Tobacco Industry Submissions to the UK Government Consultation on Standardised Packaging (2014)

Author: Selda Ulucanlar et al. Abstract Background: Standardised packaging (SP) of tobacco products is an innovative tobacco control measure opposed by transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) whose responses to the UK government’s public consultation on SP argued that evidence was inadequate to support implementing the measure. The government’s initial decision, announced 11 months after the consultation […]

How Does the Tobacco Industry Attempt to Influence Marketing Regulations? A Systematic Review (2014)

Authors: Emily Savell , Anna B. Gilmore, and Gary Fooks Abstract Background: The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control makes a number of recommendations aimed at restricting the marketing of tobacco products. Tobacco industry political activity has been identified as an obstacle to Parties’ development and implementation of these provisions. This study systematically reviews the existing literature […]

Supporting Pacific Island Countries to Strengthen Their Resistance to Tobacco Industry Interference in Tobacco Control: A Case Study of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (2013)

Authors: Judith McCool et al. Abstract Tobacco use is the biggest single preventable cause of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Western Pacific region. Currently, 14 Pacific Island countries have ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and, in having done so, are committed to implementing tobacco control measures aligned with the FCTC. Progressing […]

What is Known about Tobacco Industry Efforts to Influence Tobacco Tax? A Systematic Review of Empirical Studies (2013)

Authors: Katherine Smith, Emily Savell, and Anna Gilmore Abstract Objective: To systematically review studies of tobacco industry efforts to influence tobacco tax policies. Methods: Searches were conducted between 1 October 2009 and 31 March 2010 in 14 databases/websites, in relevant bibliographies and via experts. Studies were included if they focused on industry efforts to influence tobacco tax […]

Evolution of Tobacco Labelling and Packaging: International Legal Considerations and Health Governance (2013)

Authors: Tim K Mackey , Bryan A Liang and Thomas E Novotny Abstract Numerous national governments have recently adopted packaging and labeling legislation to curb global tobacco uptake. This coincides with the World Health Organization’s 2011 World No Tobacco Day, which recognized the extraordinary progress of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The tobacco industry has presented […]

Tobacco Industry Interference in the WHO European Region (2012)

Author: Olsen, Céline E J L Brassart WHO selected tobacco industry interference as the theme of the 2012 World No Tobacco Day, recognizing the serious danger the tobacco industry poses to public health and the need to expose and counter the industry’s increasing attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). […]