Ranked 52 out of 80

South Africa

Overall Score: 64

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Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in South Africa.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

9 / 20

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures

Indicator Score:

7 / 20

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Indicator Score:

6 / 20

No. 7

Preventive measures

Indicator Score:

21 / 30


The government must fully implement the guidelines of WHO FCTC Article 5.3:

  • Advocate for the new proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill (2018), to be urgently passed by parliament.
  • Ban all forms of contributions (CSR and political) from the tobacco industry.
  • Develop a robust tobacco taxation policy in accordance with FCTC Article 6’s price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco.
  • Develop and implement a code of conduct for government officials and political leaders to limit interactions with the tobacco industry to only when strictly necessary.
  • Ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products which was signed by the government in 2012.

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