Strong policies prevent industry interference in tobacco control

17 Apr 2009

Strong policies are necessary to prevent the tobacco industry from constantly trying to shape and influence tobacco policy.

Three recently released documents provide evidence and support for such plans by helping to: raise awareness about the tobacco industry’s strategies used when undermining tobacco control efforts; set up systems to monitor tobacco industry activities; and protect against the industry’s interference in policy development, implementation and enforcement.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tobacco industry interference with tobacco control document describes the tobacco industry and its allies’ history and tactics employed to hinder tobacco control. It also outlines strategies for monitoring industry efforts in interfering with tobacco control.

Download: the document (English) from the WHO website.

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Article 5.3 guidelines requires parties to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests. The guidelines outline effective measures for addressing tobacco industry interference in public health policies.

Download: the guidelines (English).

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