INB5: Transparency

A frequent topic of discussion at past INB sessions has been interaction with the tobacco industry. This reflects the complex nature of illicit trade control, particularly as compared to many other aspects of tobacco control.

For example, in implementing Article 11 on packaging and labelling, it is a relatively simple matter to ensure complete transparency in government-industry interactions: relevant input from the tobacco industry is likely to be limited to unreliable claims about the possible speed of implementation, and this can be provided through a public process.

Key recommendation

Add an article to Part II (General Obligations) or Part V of the Protocol (International Co-operation) enshrining the principle of maximum transparency with respect to interactions with the tobacco industry.

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