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UK is ranked best at resisting tobacco industry’s influence, Japan worst

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 10 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5982
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK has the least tobacco industry influence in policy making while Japan experiences the greatest interference, a global analysis has concluded.

The first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index,1 released by Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a global tobacco industry watchdog, tracks governments’ implementation of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, ranking countries overall interference and their performance on specific metrics such as interference in policy development.

In terms of overall tobacco industry interference in policy making, the UK (with a score of 26 out of 100, the lower being better), Uganda (29), and Iran (30) were the three highest ranked countries in terms of protecting health …

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