Tobacco Industry Monitoring

We strive to develop rigorous systems & programs to actively monitor, expose and counter the tobacco industry efforts to undermine the FCTC implementation at country and continental level. The Tobacco industry has shown time and again its willingness to use all legal and often illegal methods to stop efforts to control tobacco, open up new markets and addict new generations of customers in Africa. A comprehensive strategy to end the tobacco epidemic in our lifetime must include monitoring industry efforts, including marketing, lobbying, smuggling, generating misleading science, and corrupting government officials.History has shown that the tobacco industry uses graft and backdoor politics to influence decision makers in the shadows.Surveillance requires the systematic and ongoing collection, collation, analysis and timely dissemination of data to those who need to know so that action can be taken.It provides them information on how the tobacco epidemic harms their countries and helps them to allocate tobacco control resources where they are most needed and will be most effective.








People have died from tobacco-related diseases in Africa since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

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