Industry Watch

Policy Interference

The tobacco industry employs a wide range of strategies to interfere with the adoption and implementation of laws that threaten its ability to increase tobacco sales.

To stop the tobacco industry from interfering in the development of strong tobacco control policies, advocates must expose these strategies.

It is also critical that governments adopt policies to prevent industry interference in policy making consistent with Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

To interfere with policy making, the tobacco industry engages in strategies designed to:

  • Stop or significantly weaken legislation through direct lobbying, participation in expert groups and consultancies.
  • Impede the effectiveness of laws by flaunting them or undermining efforts to enforce them.
  • Engage in so called "socially responsible" activities to generate goodwill and legitimacy among the public and policy makers.