Lifting the smoke screen on big tobacco

20 Nov 2010

Smokescreen reporters investigated an array of industry efforts to delay or derail smoking reforms – ranging from hard-nosed lobbying and lawsuits to charitable donations and outright payoffs.

Thirteen ICIJ reporters conducted hundreds of interviews with leading politicians, government regulators, health-care specialists, tobacco control activists, and current and former industry executives.

The project examines six countries as case studies – India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Uruguay. In each of these places, court and government records are being mined – in some cases testing new freedom of information laws. And a trove of tobacco industry documents, made public after the industry lost landmark lawsuits in US courts, are being examined to draw connections between past practices and present-day consequences of tobacco’s hard lobbying.

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