Tobacco Industry Tactics: Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (2019)

The tobacco industry’s key strategy to challenge anti-tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) policy is arguing against comprehensive bans. This aims to ensure sufficient loopholes to allow continued marketing of tobacco products through points of sale, targeted promotions and sponsorship. The tobacco industry uses corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to access policy-makers, and utilizes its […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Packaging and Labelling (2019)

Tobacco packs are key to marketing and advertising. The tobacco industry challenges large, graphic warnings and pack size/colour restrictions using intellectual property and “slippery slope” arguments. Through litigation, or threat of litigation, the industry seeks to delay implementation of packaging and labelling restrictions. Donations, political contributions and socalled corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities can result […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics: Tax Policies (2019)

Tobacco industry interference has been particularly strong against efforts to increase tobacco taxes. The industry aims to ensure that tobacco products remain affordable, while protecting their own profits – at the expense of public health. Tobacco companies target governments and finance ministries with “studies” claiming exaggerated and inaccurate economic impacts from higher taxes. Tobacco transnationals […]

Tobacco Industry Tactics (2019)

Whether selling its new products or traditional cigarettes, the tobacco industry uses the same tactics to create barriers to lifesaving tobacco control measures. Research – the industry works to discredit proven science by sponsoring and promoting research. Law – the industry uses lawyers and front groups to aggressively lobby for pro-industry measures, influence the political […]

Guide for Parties to the WHO FCTC on How to Conduct Tobacco Industry Monitoring (2018)

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 February 2005. It has since become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties […]

Good Country Practices in the Implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its Guidelines (2018)

Author: Mary Assunta Introduction In 2008, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) adopted Guidelines1 to assist Parties in their implementation of Article 5.3. Since then many Parties have made progress and established measures to protect their policies from interference by the tobacco industry. However, many Parties […]

Guide for Parties to the WHO FCTC on How to Conduct Industry Monitoring (2018)

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 February 2005. It has since become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties […]

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An Accelerator for Sustainable Development (2017)

In September 2015, United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, making a commitment to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from eradicating extreme poverty, to combating climate change, to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies. For the first time, a specific target on tobacco control was included (Target 3.a), positioning implementation […]

Impact of Implementation of the WHO FCTC on the Tobacco Industry’s Behavior (2016)

Author: Stella Bialous Abstract The tobacco industry developed a comprehensive public relations and strategic plan in preparation to oppose, delay or weaken the text of the FCTC. A part of this strategy was to, directly and through front groups, attempt to influence Member States’ delegations and shifting the debate from health to allegedly economic losses […]

The Tobacco Industry and the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (2016)

I. Introduction The illicit tobacco trade is a global problem that threatens the public health gains of tobacco control and the outcomes of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). In addition to the damage caused to health, the illicit trade in tobacco is a form of tax evasion and thus also inflicts […]