About the REACT Service

What is the service

STOP designed the REACT service to help counter industry interference in tobacco control policy, especially for many low- and middle-income countries where it is a critical battlefield. REACT provides tobacco industry monitoring, research, expertise in industry arguments and strategic communication, customized to the national context.

We emphasize collaboration with local partners to align on strategy and make sure that STOP’s expertise fills gaps that enhance tobacco control. While STOP does not provide funding, we do offer substantial experience in countering the industry and access to a network of specialists around the world.

How to use the service

To request help from REACT, the process is simple. Fill out the form below with information about the industry interference, or policy under threat. Please include the following when describing the issue:

  • Timeframe under which the policy might be passed or implemented
  • Main actors in government and civil society
  • Tobacco companies involved
  • Description of the tobacco industry activities

We may contact you for more information and to better understand how STOP can help.

Kazakhstan
PMI targets Top University Scientists

Philip Morris International launched an effort to collaborate with scientists from Kazakhstan's most prestigious medical institutions to produce research on heated tobacco products.

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Kazakhstan

PMI targets Top University Scientists

Kazakhstan and dozens of other countries are facing a multi-billion dollar effort by Philip Morris International (PMI) to ingratiate itself with policy makers, scientists and health practitioners. In June 2019, the National Coalition for a Smoke-Free Kazakhstan alerted STOP to a collaboration between PMI and scientists from Kazakhstan's most prestigious medical institutions to produce research on heated tobacco products. Describing this as an attempt to subvert public health policies and tobacco control, the Coalition called on STOP to expose PMI’s tactics and strongly urge universities to reject partnerships with, or funding from, the tobacco industry and its affiliates. Working closely with local advocates, STOP issued a letter to top university officials to shine a light on the conflict of interest behind such research and the dangers it presented, both to national public health policy and to the university’s own credibility as a research institution. This prompted the university to take action on the incident and ensure vigilance against any similar attempts from the tobacco industry in the future.

Request Support from the Rapid Engaged Action Team (REACT)

  • Where is the issue taking place?
  • Include as much detail as possible
  • provide any deadlines or important dates that affect this issue.
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