Tobacco Industry Interference

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A snapshot of the tobacco industry in the ASEAN region PDF 2.4mb
This snapshot provides quick facts on the main tobacco companies operating in the region. The world’s top three companies have a strong presence. Cigarette sales in ASEAN countries are set to increase between 2015 and 2020 in almost all the countries.
not-so-golden-in-cam-coverTobacco Leaf not so Golden in Cambodia PDF 90kb
pump-up-their-propaganda-coverTobacco Industry and Front Groups Pump Up Their Propaganda PDF 269kb

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2016 ASEAN report on implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3

CSR-report-2016-coverTerminating Tobacco Industry Corporate Giving: A review of CSR in ASEAN PDF 37.5mb

 “This report show how much the tobacco industry spends on CSR activities and how this pales in comparison to the industry’s earmings and the CEOs’  pays.”

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Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference: FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit 2015 PDF 35.7mb

This toolkit presents a range of issues, policy options, and considerations that each country needs to take into account for purposes of developing country efforts for the implementation of Article 5.3 related to protection of tobacco control measures from interference by the tobacco industry of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It describes guiding principles, steps for effective Article 5.3 implementation; common practices and motives used by tobacco industry in interference as well as illustrates the toolkit implementation guides including strategic planning, checklist for developing a strategy and for Article 5.3 focal teams. Case study of Philippines is included. The toolkit also provides some policy templates that can assist in the implementation of Article 5.3 and its expected output and impact on policies.

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Global Tobacco Treaty & Governance: A Role for International Organizations 2015 PDF 368kb

The role of IOs, including non-government organizations (NGOs), needs to be examined in the context of a multi-sectoral approach. The actions of these organizations influence state behavior, help transform the processes of international law, mobilize states, and leverage public opinion. Needless to state, IOs play a critical role in increasing awareness of the tobacco industry’s practice of using front groups to further its interests.

End-Tobacco-Ind-Review-CSR-in-SEA-coverEnd Tobacco Industry Corporate Giving: A Review of CSR in Southeast Asia, 2015 PDF 3.6mb

Tobacco companies continue to conduct fake CSR as a tactic to undermine the ban on tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorship. To circumvent the ban, they use their own foundations to fund and advertise these activities. This report provides the latest information on which organisations in the ASEAN region the top 4 tobacco companies have targeted to front their so-called charities.

Tobacco Industry Interference Index

This is the second Tobacco Industry (TI) Interference Index to assess the implementation of World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 in the ASEAN region. Seven countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand) participated in this survey and have been ranked from the lowest level of TI interference to the highest. This second report shows there still remains much room for improvement in the implementation of the Article 5.3 Guidelines in the ASEAN region.

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2015 
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2014
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AmCham Must Stop Championing the Tobacco Industry PDF 4.8mb

Except Brunei, all countries in the ASEAN region have an American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) country chapter that has increasingly become a champion for the tobacco industry. With governments in South East Asia enacting strong regulations and curbing promotional activities of the tobacco industry, AmCham has stepped in to become one of its voices and conduct activities promoting the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry has found a strategic ally in AmCham because it is a high profile business institution, well regarded by governments, is in the forefront of activities involving high-level US state officials’ visits to Asia, and has close relationships with US ambassadors in various countries. Consequently, it has access to top Asian government leadership, thereby making it an ideal avenue for the tobacco industry to promote itself.

Measure book coverMeasures to Control the Tobacco Supply Chain in the ASEAN PDF 1mb

Elimination of illicit trade is an important component of global tobacco control. This has been recognized at the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the FCTC when Parties adopted the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to prevent the undermining effect that illicit trade has on price and tax measures, health objectives, and the economy.This paper examines the implementation of key measures to control the supply chain and help in eliminating illicit trade in tobacco products in the ASEAN region, specifically, 1) Excise tax stamps 2) Tracing and tracing technologies, and 3) Licensing systems

blowing smokeNew Report – Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco PDF 2.4mb

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, having close ties to the tobacco industry, has been actively derailing tobacco control regulations and undermining life-saving policies in dozens of countries around the world, according to a new report released by a coalition of public interest and health groups. The report, Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco, details how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) has helped the tobacco industry fight tobacco control policies in many countries, including in Asia, undermining measures intended to combat a global tobacco epidemic that remains the number one preventable cause of death.

 

fctc-art-5-3-guideline-coverFCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines Best Practice: The Role of the Public Service Commission 2016 PDF 13.8mb

The public service department of a country has a big role to play in implementing the global tobacco treaty, the WHO FCTC. This document describes how one Southeast Asian Government, the Philippines, has applied the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 guidelines in protecting its bureaucracy from undue influence from the tobacco industry through a Joint Memorandum Circular between the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Health. It is one of a kind and serves as an example of best practice for the region.”

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Presentation of Cynthia Callard, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada
Presented at World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Abu Dhabi, 17-21 March 2015
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This is a critique of a Philip Morris International funded study on illicit tobacco trade,The Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012, conducted by the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and Oxford Economics (OE) released in September 2013.

This Asia-11 report, while claiming to be done by independent researchers, was prepared according to terms of reference provided by Philip Morris Asia Ltd, while the ITIC itself is funded by the major transnational tobacco companies. The main conclusions of the report echo the assertions of tobacco companies, such as countries with high taxes on tobacco also had the highest volumes of illicit cigarettes.

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The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has stamped Failed on a tobacco industry funded research on illicit trade of tobacco products in 14 Asian countries. The research, entitled Asia-14 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2013 (Asia-14) was published by the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and Oxford Economics (OE) last year. This is a follow up to their previous attempt to estimate the scope and composition of illicit tobacco consumption in Asia presented in Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012 (Asia-11).

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Toolkit for Policy Makers and Advocates: Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference 2012 PDF 35.7mb

This toolkit presents a range of issues, policy options, and considerations that each country needs to take into account for purposes of developing country efforts for the implementation of Article 5.3 related to protection of tobacco control measures from interference by the tobacco industry of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It describes guiding principles, steps for effective Article 5.3 implementation; common practices and motives used by tobacco industry in interference as well as illustrates the toolkit implementation guides including strategic planning, checklist for developing a strategy and for Article 5.3 focal teams. Case study of Philippines is included. The toolkit also provides some policy templates that can assist in the implementation of Article 5.3 and its expected output and impact on policies.

Primer-cover-233x300Primer on Good Governance and Tobacco Control PDF 457.9kb

This primer makes the case for why tobacco control policies, particularly those geared towards protecting public health policymaking from the tobacco industry, are, in reality, good governance policies.

It is intended for advocates and governments around the world to give them additional tools to be able to implement the life-saving measures enshrined in the global tobacco treaty, formally known as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

csir coverCorporate Social IRresponsibility: Tobacco Industry Fails International Standards (2014) PDF 579.2kb

The ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility is the most comprehensive standard related to social responsibility. However, current practices of TI fail in all principles of ISO 26000, making it impossible to be considered as socially responsible industry.

This report provides details how TI-CSR fails in all principles and core subjects of ISO 26000 as well as recommendations to stop TI-CSR.

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Tobacco companies are increasingly resorting to corporate social responsiblity (CSR) activities to continue their promotion to buy goodwill and credibility to earn political mileage. CSR is a form of sponsorship, which amount to promotion hence should be prohibited. CSR must be address as part of denormalisating the tobacco industry.

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Imperial Tobacco Targets ASEAN to Sell More Cheap Cigarettes PDF 176kb

Imperial Tobacco, world’s 4th largest transnational tobacco company, sold 294 billon sticks globally in 2014, and its net revenue was US$3.2 billion. Its growth brands increased by 7%. The company plans to increase tobacco sales even more globally, especially in several targeted markets.In the ASEAN region it will be targeting Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

The company plans to increase sales through strategies such as new pack designs and pricing measures. Imperial has classified Cambodia and Vietnam as “among the world’s leading emerging markets”. In Lao PDR, Imperial already has a monopoly of the market controlling over 90 percent of market share.  The table below shows clearly why Imperial is targeting these three ASEAN countries – stick sales are increasing every year and the tobacco industry is assured of profits.

Best-practice-coverDe-normalizing the Tobacco Industry Through Effective Implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 PDF 144kb

The WHO FCTC Article 5.3 is vital in protecting tobacco control policy from interference of the tobacco industry. It is the backbone of the FCTC because the treaty cannot succeed if tobacco industry interference is not rooted out. In order to give Article 5.3 more teeth and clarity, the Parties to the FCTC unanimously adopted guidelines for this article to encourage governments to establish, among other safeguards, measures that limit tobacco industry interactions with government activities, and to put in place public disclosure measures.

prevent TI interf coverPreventing Tobacco Industry Interference PDF 3.2mb

This Toolkit for Policy Makers and Advocates for Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference presents a range of issues, policy options, and considerations that each State needs to take into account when implementing Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).