In line with “Tobacco industry interference” theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May 2012, the Smoke Free Parnership and the European Respiratory Society (together with Cancer Research UK and EHN) launched the “Block, amend, delay: Tobacco industry efforts to influence the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive ” report.
The report was commissioned by the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) through a Cancer Research UK grant and carried out by academic researchers at the University of Bath, University of Edinburgh, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Researchers reviewed previously secret corporate documents released after legal action in America. These were examined to understand the tactics used by the tobacco industry when the European Union was developing the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in 1999. The TPD is currently under review which makes this report particularly pertinent, as many of the same tactics are being employed once again.
It allows to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
(picture courtesy of the World Health Organisation)