The enormous burden the tobacco industry has placed on people and health systems worldwide has likely made COVID-19 damage more severe and recovery more difficult. Now more than ever, governments should hold the industry accountable for these costs. Here are tools that can help.

As Costs Pile Up for COVID-19, Tobacco Companies Should Be Held Accountable for Smoking-Related Health Harms

The destruction, illness and death the tobacco industry causes have become amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is why we think tobacco should pay up and several ways governments can make them do so. Let’s hold the tobacco industry accountable now and lessen the burden for future generations.

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Big Tobacco, Big Tax Avoidance

A new report exposes the five key methods that Big Tobacco uses to avoid paying profit-related taxes. That missed revenue could be used to fund COVID-19 recovery and public health systems—not further enrich a deadly industry.

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How Countries Can Accelerate SDG Progress as Part of COVID Recovery

Countries have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild stronger societies post-COVID and supercharge progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here's how leaders can make this happen, while also holding the tobacco industry accountable.

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Webinar: Overcoming Tobacco Industry Interference to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Despite its best efforts to portray itself as a contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the tobacco industry is only a barrier to success. Watch STOP's webinar highlighting how the industry sabotages the SDGs and how the FCTC can fight back.

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10 Reasons Why It’s Time that #TobaccoPayUp

Tobacco companies knowingly sell products that kill, but they continue to produce destructive commodities and market them to new users. View 10 reasons why policymakers and victims of tobacco use should hold the tobacco industry accountable and receive financial compensation for the harms caused.

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Trading “Philanthropy” for Favors: Tobacco Industry CSR During COVID-19

When tobacco companies engage in so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR), they're often looking to get something in return—whether it’s a PR opportunity to boost their reputation, or easier access to policymakers. Here's how governments can still make the industry pay for the damages it causes while also rejecting industry CSR, during the pandemic and beyond.

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Tobacco Taxes: Funding Better Health and Stronger Economies During COVID-19

Raising taxes on tobacco products protects public health, funds government initiatives and can provide financial support for COVID-19 recovery. Read examples of how countries have leveraged tobacco taxes to fund health programs and disaster relief, and learn why there is no better time to raise tobacco taxes.

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Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19

The tobacco industry must be held to account for its role in skyrocketing health care costs, environmental damage, human rights violations and more—especially as COVID-19 exacerbates these pressing issues. In this policy brief, STOP addresses frequently asked questions and shows examples of how the tobacco industry has successfully been held to account.

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COVID-19: Dos and Don’ts for Governments and the Tobacco Industry

Governments must protect their citizens, health systems and economies from the damages of the pandemic—but they aren’t the only entities that need to take action. Tobacco companies have a role to play, too. See the key “dos and don’ts” for both sides.

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Policy Brief: The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses

As countries create their COVID-19 recovery responses, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can lay the groundwork for protecting new policies from industry interference and bolstering public health. Here’s how.

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Webinar: Countering Tobacco Industry Interference in the Time of COVID 19

The tobacco industry is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis. We challenge governments to fight back. Watch this webinar for expert guidance on how governments can strengthen the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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