Tobacco Industry Tactics in ASEAN

Conflict of interest

According to the Asian TII index, conflict of interest situation occurs when an individual’s or institutional’s vested interests raise a question of whether their actions, judgment, and/ or decision-making can be unbiased. The Article 5.3 guidelines list payments, gifts and services, monetary or in-kind, and research funding offered by the tobacco industry to government institutions, …

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Delaying tobacco control policies

Delaying tactics WHO FCTC Article 5.3 guideline recommendation 7.1 states that “Parties should not grant incentives, privileges or benefits to the tobacco industry to establish or run their businesses.”[1] One of the ways the tobacco industry benefits from the government is when their request for longer timeframe for implementation or postponement of tobacco control measures …

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Front groups, “think tanks”, and lobby groups

According to the ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas, the tobacco industry* rallies and funds front groups to fight tobacco control measures at both international and national level. The tobacco industry refers to (a) any tobacco or tobacco product (including electronic smoking devices (ESD)) manufacturer, processor, wholesale distributor, importer , (b) any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary …

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Tobacco related CSR activities in ASEAN countries

According to the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index,[1] the updated information regarding TI-CSR activities in ASEAN countries accumulated as follows; Cambodia Tobacco industry sponsored CSR activities are not banned and remain a problem in Cambodia. They are mostly conducted by transnational tobacco companies such as British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International. Indonesia Government agencies …

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Tobacco related CSR activities in ASEAN region

Activities in ASEAN[1] As the ASEAN region becomes more aware of the deadly effects of tobacco and governments step up regulation of the industry, tobacco companies are resorting to more below-the-line tactics to promote their corporate name and products to reach consumers. Tobacco Industry-related Corporate Social Responsibility (TI-CSR) activities have become one of the key …

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Tobacco-related CSR activities

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities are a loophole the tobacco industry (TI) frequently exploits to raise their profile, particularly when all other forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship are prohibited in a given country. The money tobacco companies spend on CSR activities at regional and country levels are a part of their marketing strategy and …

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Tobacco industry tactics in ASEAN

In 1994, seven tobacco companies testified in court that “I believe that nicotine is not addictive”. Tobacco-related CSR activities Front groups, think tanks, and lobby groups Promotion of harm reduction Conflict of interest Delaying tobacco control policies Benefits given to tobacco industry Unnecessary interaction with tobacco industry