Indicators of Influence
These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in Pakistan.
Industry participation in policy development
4 / 20
Tobacco industry-related CSR activities
3 / 20
Benefits given to the tobacco industry
5 / 20
Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry
7 / 20
Procedure for transparency measures
7 / 20
Avoiding conflicts of interest
10 / 20
12 / 30
These are ways Pakistan can deter interference from the tobacco industry:
- Awareness on Article 5.3 as an obligation: Effective implementation of the developed SOPs based on WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3 Guidelines to ensure transparency and to protect tobacco control policies from tobacco industry influence. Efforts to increase awareness should extend to include parliamentarians and all local government officials.
- Ban on CSR: There should be a complete ban on all types of CSR activities, including providing any contributions including political contributions, donations, gifts, technical advice, scholarships or study visits.
- Remove benefits to the tobacco industry: The Government of Pakistan should withdraw any and all tobacco-related incentives, including duty free, offered to international travelers. Also, the Government of Pakistan should not offer tobacco-related incentives in any trade agreements including bilateral. All existing trade agreements should be revised to withdraw such incentives.
- Ensure transparency in dealing with the tobacco industry. All meetings with the tobacco industry and their outcomes must be recorded and there must be a procedure to implement it.
- Treat state-owned tobacco enterprises like any other tobacco business. As stated explicitly in the Article 5.3 Guidelines, state-owned enterprises should be treated like any other tobacco business and not be given any incentives or privileges to conduct their business.
- Require the tobacco industry to provide information in a transparent and accurate manner regularly, about production, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues and any other activity, including expenditure on research and philanthropy.
- Require a registry of lobbyists and the tobacco industry’s lobbying expenditure.
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