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Corporate Social Responsibility Fact Sheet

June 3, 2019

This fact sheet from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) explains how and why the tobacco industry sponsors corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, including philanthropic programs, youth smoking prevention programs, programs in tobacco growing communities and environmental programs.

Tobacco company internal documents reveal these efforts are designed to boost profits and drive company interests. They can create positive public opinion about the industry, gain political influence to weaken tobacco control legislation, provide access to youth for market research, normalize tobacco and brands–especially to children, increase youth approval of smoking, prevent effective anti-tobacco campaigns, protect tobacco companies from litigation or law suits, and distract from the harms caused by tobacco.

CTFK asserts that governments should ban tobacco industry-sponsored CSR programs in accordance with Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which requires parties to implement and enforce a comprehensive ban on tobacco marketing, including a complete ban on CSR.