People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
In “A smokefree future”, the tobacco control strategy published in February 2010, the UK Government committed itself to “publishing the details of all policy-related meetings between the tobacco industry and any government official”. Just one week later David Cameron MP declared “I believe that secret corporate lobbying, like the expenses scandal, goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics. It arouses people’s worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works.”
It may, at last, be possible to consign to history the tobacco industry’s malign influence on health policy and this report illustrates just how vital that is. It only requires that commitments from all sides be honoured.
Download The smoke-filled room: How big tobacco influences health policy in the UK, published by ASH, here.