Resources Sabotaging Policy

Interference by Big Tobacco and Affiliates in Tobacco Control in South Asia

September 15, 2022

Tobacco industry interference in anti-tobacco policies has been documented in every region of the world, but British American Tobacco (BAT) may be a uniquely crafty offender. A new report on BAT and its local affiliates in South Asia, published by the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru and The Union, a partner in STOP, sheds light on some of BAT’s seedy business practices.

The report describes cases of potential tax avoidance, refusal to comply with mandated health warnings, the alleged use of the U.K.’s diplomatic resources to try to waive unpaid tax and more. Read the report to learn about BAT’s tactics.