Pushing pro-tobacco policies
The tobacco industry has been known to use its influence over politicians to interfere with government policies and processes that would encourage tobacco control.
The industry has been found to exert influence over legislation by making generous donations to politicians and using well-connected lobbyists to push an agenda, strategy and pro-tobacco policies.
The tobacco control community can rarely match the tens of millions of dollars that the industry uses to advance its agenda.
What the EU has done to take on Big Tobacco
The EU Court of Justice has dealt an important blow in three landmark cases in the long-running campaign by Big Tobacco to use legal challenges to avoid regulation.
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Spotlight on Indonesia
This video of a smoking toddler in Indonesia went viral in 2010 and showed the extent of unhealthy addiction to cigarettes in the country.
The reality is that Indonesia is still behind in tobacco control and seems to be regressing. Indonesia is the only country in the Asia Pacific that has yet to ratify the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Read more