Corruption: Why Corrupt Industry Practices are a Barrier to Effective Tobacco Control

Tobacco Tactics

The tobacco industry interference can fall within non-criminal or criminal forms of corruption. In terms of non-criminal corruption, the tobacco industry uses various strategies and tactics to influence the policy making, such as lobbying, creating front groups or funding science …

As implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 progresses, there is a risk that the tobacco industry will use covert methods to influence policy. Such covert methods could involve acts of criminal corruption. Denormalization of tobacco smoking and of tobacco as an acceptable business enterprise – indicated by tobacco industry disinvestment – may also pressure the tobacco industry into using underhand means to further their commercial goals.

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