Tobacco Industry Interference Index

HDAMA has conducted the assessment in collaboration with GGTC, SEATCA, and ATCA each year since 2020 The purpose of the Tobacco Industry Interference Index is an attempt of Good Governance of Tobacco Control (GGTC) and its partners in the region, South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), and others to define the measures and elements that contribute to the ability of the tobacco industry to interfere with public health policymaking. The tobacco industry’s behavior and actions in many of the countries in the Asian and African region are similar but the extent to which the tobacco industry succeeds depends on the government’s capacity to resist its tactics. The government’s action to protect its policies from tobacco industry interference in accordance with WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its Guidelines[1] would determine its capacity to deal with such interference. This assessment could provide an indication of the government’s capacity to resist tobacco industry interference. The results will be used to develop a report on how the governments have been complying with Article 5.3 of the FCTC based on the pertinent parts of the Guidelines. Where appropriate, advocates may use this report as a tool to monitor progress in implementing Article 5.3. Comparisons of results with other countries in the region could encourage and provide impetus for the government to do better.


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