ASEAN: Far to go to prevent tobacco industry interference – report

03 Feb 2014

 “There are still unnecessary interactions between the industry and governments, and [lack of] transparency in dealings with the tobacco industry is a recurring problem,” concludes the report, Tobacco Industry Interference Index.

The document was prepared by FCA member the South-East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and tobacco control groups in the countries assessed: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

The report recommends that the following be done immediately:

  • Disclose all interactions with the tobacco industry;
  • Implement a Code of Conduct based on Article 5.3 Guidelines;
  • Ban so-called CSR activities by the tobacco industry;
  • Require the tobacco industry to disclose periodically information on tobacco production, manufacture, market share, revenues, expenditure on marketing, lobbying, philanthropy and political contributions.

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