The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses
The enormous burden the tobacco industry has placed on people and health systems worldwide has likely made damage from COVID-19 more severe and recovery more difficult. Now more than ever, governments should hold the industry accountable for these costs. Below are tools that can help.
Tobacco companies almost certainly have made the COVID-19 pandemic worse. Decades of relentlessly marketing and selling their toxic, addictive products have weakened the health of millions of people around the world. The ensuing cost of treating tobacco-related diseases puts health care systems under enormous pressure.
There is evidence that the tobacco industry is capitalizing on the pandemic to push its products, promote itself and pretend to be a good corporate citizen.