Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020

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The new Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 (GTIII) explores how governments are responding to tobacco industry interference and protecting their public health policies from vested interests as required under the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The Global Tobacco Index 2020 was produced by Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products (STOP) partner. STOP has produced a Global Tobacco Index resource which illustrates emerging trends in 2020, highlights stories of government resistance and industry interference, and outlines actions governments can take.

There are 57 individual country reports as part of the GTIII. The UK Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020, which forms part of the Global Tobacco Index, was published simultaneously. The report, written by the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), measures the intensity, frequency, and severity of incidents of tobacco industry interference reported in the UK in 2019.

The report finds that Big Tobacco exerted more influence in the UK in 2019 than in 2018, meaning the government has been less successful in preventing tobacco companies from interfering in policy and legislation. The TCRG has produced a shorter policy brief summarising the key findings and recommendations to government.

You can read the full Global Tobacco Index 2020 report here.

You can read the full UK Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 report here.