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No country in Europe is immune to the Tobacco Industry’s Influence


Monday, 04 December 2023

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) released the 2023 Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index (Index) and the European region’s results are worrisome. 

 

The Index, published every two years, measures how well governments worldwide respond to tobacco industry interference and protect their public health policies from commercial and vested interests. The goal of the Index is to call on governments to ensure better implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The European Index report – jointly developed by the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP), Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and GGTC – covers 20 European countries with data retrieved from national reports. The results show that Switzerland (95 points; the higher the score, the worse the ranking) remains the country with the highest level of tobacco industry interference and the weakest government measures to limit the influence of tobacco companies in Europe, and second globally after the Dominican Republic (100 points). Georgia (83 points) and Romania (80 points) are the other European countries with the weakest government resilience towards tobacco companies’ corporate influence.

At the opposite end of the scale are France and the Netherlands, with 32 points each. They are among nine countries globally with the strongest protection of tobacco control measures from tobacco companies’ corporate and vested interests. Ukraine, the country that improved the most compared to 2021, shows how, when there is political will, a government can implement comprehensive tobacco control laws despite a full-scale invasion. 

 

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