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 […]

European Union implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2018)

Authors: Benjamin Hawkins and Chris Holden  Abstract Background: Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) requires Parties to the agreement to take proactive measures to protect health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. Parties to the FCTC are required to submit periodic reports to the Convention Secretariat […]

Hijacking ‘Sustainability’ from the SDGs: Review of Tobacco-Related CSR Activities in the ASEAN Region (2017)

Introduction As the ASEAN region becomes more aware of the deadly effects of tobacco and governments step up regulation of the industry, tobacco companies are resorting to more below-the-line tactics to promote their corporate name and products to reach consumers. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have become one of the key strategies exploited by the […]

Illicit trade, Tobacco Industry-funded Studies and Policy Influence in the EU and UK (2014)

Authors: Gary Jonas Fooks, Silvy Peeters and Karen Evans-Reeves In the course of the last decade, the tobacco industry has attempted to increase the political salience of the illicit trade in tobacco products (illicit trade) (box 1).Tobacco companies have claimed that sharp rises in tobacco taxation and innovative regulation, such as standardised packaging and product display […]

The Revision of the 2014 European Tobacco Products Directive: An Analysis of the Tobacco Industry’s Attempts to ‘Break the Health Silo’ (2015)

Authors: Silvy Peeters et al. Abstract Background: The 2014 European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was negotiated in a changed policy context, following adoption of the EU’s ‘Smart Regulation’ agenda, which transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) anticipated would increase their influence on health policy, and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which sought […]

Did the Tobacco Industry Inflate Estimates of Illicit Cigarette Consumption in Asia? (2015)

Author: Jing Chen et al. Abstract Objective: Estimates of illicit cigarette consumption are limited and the data obtained from studies funded by the tobacco industry have a tendency to inflate them. This study aimed to validate an industry-funded estimate of 35.9% for Hong Kong using a framework taken from an industry-funded report, but with more transparent data […]

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 […]