TCRG Editorial: observations on industry activities around COP10  


An Editorial from the Tobacco Control Research Group published in Health Promotion International reports some of the activities of the tobacco industry, its allies and other organisations around the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) which took place in February 2024.

It explains why the tobacco industry is critical of COP and how it utilises front groups and third parties to lobby against proposed measures on its behalf. It also reports how TCRG monitors activities around COP in collaboration with civil society organisations.

The authors note the importance of transparency for Parties, and ongoing work with civil society to monitor and counter industry interference and support adherence to WHO FCTC Article 5.3.

The authors also highlight the ‘noise’ around COP10, including from organisations that had been denied observer status, and conclude that:

It is vital that advocates and researchers are not distracted by the noise, but keep the focus firmly on the industry, its tactics and its ultimate goals.”

Read the paper:

Attempts to undermine global public health: observations from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s COP10, Karin Silver, Britta K. Mathes, Hala Alaouie, Tom Gatehouse, Rachel Maynard, John Mehegan, Sherif Elmitwalli, Adam Bertscher and Raouf Alebshehy, Health Promotion International, 2 May 2024, doi:10.1093/heapro/daae038

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