Trade Associations

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A trade association is an organisation founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific sector or geographical region.1. Trade associations promote the interests of their members. As such some have supported the tobacco industry, by helping lobby on their interests as members. On this page there is a selection of trade associations from around the globe with tobacco links. Many are clearly connected to the industry as they represent tobacco companies, have tobacco industry personnel in senior positions or as members. Others echo industry arguments and are not transparent on their members. For many of them we provide individual pages, giving even more background information which can be found by clicking on the title of the organisation.

Trade Associations

Trade Association Country
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
India’s largest cigarette company ITC Ltd is a Patron member of ASSOCHAM India and has a management committee seat. Tobacco company Godfrey Philips India is also a member. 2 ASSOCHAM joined the tobacco companies’ coordinated fight against larger pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs.3. One of numerous such articles based on ASSOCHAM statements.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
The CII partnered with ITC, India’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, to create the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in 2006. Domestic tobacco companies are members and ITC’s chief executive Sanjiv Puri chairs its advisory council. 4 The CII joined the industry’s fight against mandatory pictorial health warnings covering on cigarette packs. 5
Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC)
CWEIC is the Commonwealth’s top business organisation and replaced the pro-tobacco Commonwealth Business Council in 2014. It is mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote trade across 53 member countries. Lord Marland chairs its advisory council, which includes lobbyist Lynton Crosby whose firm has frequently worked for tobacco companies. 6 CWEIC “strategic partners” include India’s business associations CII and FICCI, and Bangladesh’s FBICCI, which all have tobacco executives on their boards or leadership committees.7
FAIFA (Federation of All India Farmer Associations)
FAIFA is an Indian Farmer’s association which has often opposed what it calls “extreme tobacco control measures”.8 FAIFA made a petition to the Delhi High Court against Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and India hosting COP7, drawing on farmers right to grow tobacco and calling for looser regulations.9
Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI)
FBCCI is a business organisation which promotes private sector interests in Bangladesh. British American Tobacco’s current chairman Golam Mainuddin 10 is one of FBCCI’s elected directors for the 2019-2020 term. FBCCI is a strategic partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. 11
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Cigarette manufacturers ITC and Godfrey Philips are associate members of FICCI, India’s largest and oldest business organisation. Two senior ITC staff sit on key committees.12 FICCI has lobbied against “over-regulation” such as pictorial health warnings covering cigarette packs. It advocated for tobacco trade bodies and farmers to attend COP7. FICCI also co-wrote a 2017 KPMG report on illicit tobacco trade.13
National Organization for Retail Trade (NORT)
The president of this trade association, Bondariev Yurii Oleksandrovych, spent 16 years in senior positions at PMI Ukraine. The organisation has lobbied against tobacco control policies.14 It describes itself as a group seeking to lobby the government for better policies for business.15
The National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA)
The Chamber has lobbied in favour of the tobacco industry’s interest in Mexico, for many years.16 A senior member of British American Tobacco in Mexico is the Chamber’s representative for alcohol, tobacco, food and beverage issues 17
Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI)
The Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) lobby government on behalf of their members, including three major tobacco corporations, who “…have the opportunity to comment government’s plans in a very early stage and influence plans in their favour.” 18 They have partnered with the tobacco industry to oppose tobacco control measures and for corporate social responsibility campaigns in Zambia. 19
Zwiazek Przedsiebiorcow I Pracadawcow
One of Poland’s largest trade associations with more than 50,000 different companies. This organisation has lobbied for looser regulations for various industries, including tobacco. The association has advocated for the introduction of e-cigarettes and against tobacco control policies in Poland.20

Tobacco Tactics Resources


  1. European Consumer Centre for Services,Trade Associations, undated, accessed January 2020
  2. Assocham, Patron members list, undated, accessed January 2020
  3. Unknown, Industry losing 350 Crore a day due to warnings on tobacco products: Assocham, The Economic Times, 16 April 2016, accessed January 2020
  4. CII-ITC, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, undated, accessed January 2020
  5. Mukherjee, W.CII, FICCI oppose 85% pictorial warning on tobacco products, 11 May 2016, accessed January 2020
  6. CWEIC, CWEIC Annual review, 2016, accessed January 2020
  7. CWEIC,CWEIC Strategic Partners, undated, accessed January 2020
  8. FAIFA, History of the Federation, website, undated, accessed July 2019
  9. K.V.Kurmanath, Plea to allow tobacco farmers to take part in Geneva convention, ‘’The Hindu Business Line’’, 10 August 2018, accessed July 2019
  10. British American Tobacco Bangladesh,Golam Mainuddin, undated, accessed January 2020
  11. FBCCI,Board of Directors 2019-2021, 11 June 2019, accessed January 2020
  12. FICCI,Corporate Members,undated, accessed January 2020
  13. Millennium Post, Illicit tobacco trade on rise in India: Ficci-KPMG report, 16 October 2017, accessed January 2020
  14. NORT, tobacco companies possible closure in Ukraine,15 October 2019, accessed January 2020
  15. NORT, Purpose of creation,undated, accessed January 2020
  16. El Economista, Canacintra pide reconsiderar aumento a cigarros, 24 October 2010, accessed January 2020
  17. CANACINTRA, CANACINTRA, undated, accessed January 2020
  18. Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Advocacy, accessed January 2020
  19. Lusaka Star BAT, ZACCI LAUNCHES UNDERAGE SMOKING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, 1 Feb 2019, accessed January 2020
  20. ZPP,Negative Pluses: Increase in excise duties on alcohol and cigarettes, January 2020, accessed January 2020
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