Big Tobacco

"Big Tobacco" refers collectively to the world's largest tobacco companies, recognized for their significant economic influence, comparable to that of small nations. These companies, including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International, and China National Tobacco Company, are notorious for lobbying governments to advocate for more lenient regulations and lower taxes on tobacco products. Their practices have sparked controversy due to the adverse health effects of tobacco, leading to diseases and preventable deaths. Despite declining cigarette use in the U.S., these firms have been accused of concealing scientific evidence on tobacco's harms and manipulating evidence, similar to tactics used by other controversial industries. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control aims to mitigate tobacco's public health impact, yet its implementation faces challenges from these companies

Big Tobacco Companies

  • Philip Morris International
  • British American Tobacco
  • Imperial Brands
  • Japan Tobacco International
  • China National Tobacco Company

Controversial Tactics

  • Lobbying for looser restrictions and lower taxes
  • Similar tactics to other industries (oil, sugar, cell phone)
  • Concealing scientific evidence on negative effects of tobacco
  • Manipulating and destroying evidence
  • Interfering with the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Health Effects and Misinformation

  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease
  • Decrease in cigarette use, but no change in smokeless tobacco use
  • Negative health effects of tobacco products
  • Attempts to misinform on the health effects
  • History of manipulating and destroying evidence

Relations with Governments and Communities

  • Fostering relations with governments to maintain loose regulations
  • Advocating for looser restrictions and lower taxes
  • Interfering with the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • Lobbying governments for favorable policies
  • Maintaining relations with communities to influence regulations

Related Topics

  • Tobacco politics
  • Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
  • Jeffrey Wigand
  • Nicotine marketing
  • Other industries with 'Big' labels (Big Business, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Soda, Big Tech)

Big Tobacco Data Sources

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