About the Observatory

De Observatório sobre as Estratégias da Indústria do Tabaco no Brasil
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THE OBSERVATORY ON STRATEGIES OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY IN BRAZIL was lauched in 2016 by the Center for Studies on Tobacco and Health, part of the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca, from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (CETAB/ENSP/Fiocruz), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, the National Commission for the Implementation of the Framework Convention (CONICQ), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Alliance for Tobacco Control, in Brasil, (ACTBR) and the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The UNION) and University of Bath (UK), all in order to attend the directives of the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (FCTC/WHO ), to monitor the tobacco industry acts to undermine the pro-control tobacco actions in Brazil.

The FCTC / WHO has developed Guidelines for Implementation of Article 5.3, concerning the protection of public health policies from commercial and other interests of the tobacco industry. In addition to the guiding principles and recommendations, the Guidelines suggest ways to promote, implement and monitor the adhesions related with the obligations guided by this article.

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The website offers to researchers, technicians and activists who work in tobacco control, detailed information, based on documents that demonstrate what strategies and tactics are used by the tobacco’s Industry. The OBSERVATORY offers current data about legislative measures that Brazil has been adopting to fulfill what the FCTC / WHO directives, such as the ban on some additives in Tobacco products, considering the inclusion of this recommendation in the 4th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) in 2010. The website also offer information about cigarette contraband and the progress on Adoption of the protocol on illicit trade, as well as info on how companies have been promoting Electronic Cigarettes insertion in Brazilian market, among other issues.

When visiting the Observatory on Tobacco Industry Strategies in Brazil you also have access to information about people and organizations involved, directly or indirectly, with the tobacco industry, and can check how they perform lobbies in order to undermine the interests of the Brazilian public health. Through the OBSERVATORY you will have access to links and email addresses of partner institutions that promote and support the actions against smoking. The information contained in the OBSERVATORY were organized from the strategies and tactics, recommended by WHO, that are references to all those who want to know how this works industry in Brazil and worldwide.

Potential results

Through this platform it will be possible to consolidate relevant information on:

  • How the tobacco industry articulates with the Judiciary to oppose the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Brazil;
  • Identify the strategies and tactics the industry has used since the ratification of the FCTC to circumvent it;
  • To verify the role of tobacco farming in the construction of arguments against tobacco control;
  • How these arguments have affected the elaboration of public policies;
  • What is the relevance of illicit trade in the structuring of industry arguments.

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