Statement of responsibility (disclaimer)

De Observatório sobre as Estratégias da Indústria do Tabaco no Brasil
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By ratifying in 2005 the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (FCTC / WHO), Brazil accepts to comply with Article 5.3, that is, to monitor the strategies and tactics that the tobacco industry practices in the country. For that, the government creates, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, The Observatory on Strategies of the Tobacco Industry, website that doesn’t only monitor the industries strategies, but also analyses and divulges activities of the industry, verifying it’s impacts over public policies in the country.

The Observatory was created in a free Wiki platform. The information contained in the web site, is taken from different sources, such as original documents, available in various medias.

Fiocruz divulges the analyses of the documents on the Observatory, respecting the Copyright, supported by the following legislation: Law N. 9.610, from February 19th of 1998 (Copyright Laws)[1], Law N. 12.527, from November 18th of 2011 (Law of Information Access)[2] and the article 5, lines V, IX and XIV of the Federal Constitution[3].


The Observatory considers essencial the defence of life and information, as described the Federal Constitution. Because of that, practices the vigilance in health, disseminating and contextualizing documents about tactics and strategies practiced by the Tobacco Industry. But even having a ideological conflict, guarantees the right of reply, to whom may desire. [4]. The Observatory also considers important the right to intellectual, scientific and media expression, besides allowing access to information to all, regarding pertinent matters about the tobacco industry and human beings health, strengthening the protection of life, but considering the secrecy of the information when necessary [5].

Regarding access to information

Some principles were considered in the construction of the observatory, among which [6]:

  • In general, publish and make information accessible, considering secrecy as an exception;
  • Disseminate information of public interest, independent of requests, since it is understood that the content of the Observatory is important for Public Health and consequently for tobacco control in Brazil;
  • Use of information technologies. In this case, free tools like EndNoteWeb (for the management of references), GoogleDrive (document storage) and the wiki platform, are used for the management and sharing of contents.

Regarding Primary Sources

The Observatory contemplates innumerous qualified documents, such as primary sources, among which are: letters, e-mails, news, and other sources that bring an already published information, registered and disseminated.

However, it is considered important to the objectives of the Observatory, as well as, the right of any citizen, the access to information in all supporting and subject deepening levels available, even primary or raw documents, being essential for the project’s integrity, authenticity and update [7].

Regarding Information

The following questions were considered[8]:

  • Information processing: with regard to research, reception of documents, cataloging, classification, indexing, storage, archiving, elimination and dissemination, which implies an information management policy of the Observatory;
  • Information availability: the content is developed in a way that makes the subject matter clear, tending not only to researchers but the general public. The Observatory also has the documents in easy access formats and with the minimum of barriers, regarding the lack of interoperability between the wiki software and the file format, and easy viewing;
  • Authenticity and integrity: all generated content reinforces that the information comes from a quality search, making available the source consulted, both by the original link of the document and by the full version, without modifications of the same in PDF, AVI, MP3 and JPEG formats;
  • Primariness: The content generated in the Observatory always refers to the source consulted, detailing as much as possible the information about the document through a complete reference, with all available data about the document in question.

Regarding the educational function of the Observatory

The project in question aims at the development of research and the reduction of information inequality on issues related to tobacco and health. Therefore, all content - specifically news or information article, published in journals or periodicals [9] -, stheir respective citations or even the means of communication used, have as specific objective the promotion of the study, besides fomenting the pedagogical use of the Observatory by teachers and researchers in general.

In addition, there is caution not to misrepresent the information of the sources consulted, indicating in the reference data the origin of the work and the author.[10].

General Observations

Despite working with strict standards in information management, CETAB does not guarantee that any statement contained herein is accurate, complete or up-to-date.

The information contained in the Observatory should be used responsibly and as a starting point for further analysis, taking into account the interests of public health.

No authors, contributors, sponsors, administrators, system operators, or any person connected to CETAB / ENSP / FIOCRUZ will be liable for the appearance of any item deemed defamatory, offensive, inaccurate, misleading or illegal, nor shall they be liable for the use of the information Contained in these pages in other vehicles.

The project team has the right to invite and accept, at its discretion, editors and collaborators. All employees must register at the Observatory and sign the terms of use. Those interested in contributing, can contact the publishers by email, sending it to the following address:

Right of Reply

This procedure was created in order that the readers can make interventions related to the pages contempt. In this case, the interested may contact us through the following e-mail:, to send information, sources, references that may be used to sustain a suggestion or complaint.

The Editors responsible for the administration shall read and, if they deem it appropriate, correct the article in question, in the opinion of the interested party. Editors may request extra information to give more reliability to the content to be corrected. Editors may also invite those who provided more relevant information to a meeting so that they can sustain and validate their arguments with more substance.

Notas e referências

  1. BRASIL. Lei N. 9.610 de 19 de fevereiro de 1998. Altera, atualiza e consolida a legislação sobre direitos autorais e dá outras providências. Presidência da República. Brasília, DF. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 jun. 2015. Documento integral: PDF
  2. BRASIL. Lei N. 12.527 de novembro de 2011. Regula o acesso a informações previsto no inciso XXXIII do art. 5o, no inciso II do § 3o do art. 37 e no § 2o do art. 216 da Constituição Federal; altera a Lei no 8.112, de 11 de dezembro de 1990; revoga a Lei no 11.111, de 5 de maio de 2005, e dispositivos da Lei no 8.159, de 8 de janeiro de 1991; e dá outras providências. Presidência da República. Brasília, DF. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 jun. 2015. Documento integral: PDF
  3. BRASIL. Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988. Presidência da República. Brasília, DF. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 jun. 2015. Documento integral: PDF
  4. Nota: com base no art. 5º e alínea V da Constituição Federal de 1988.
  5. Nota: com base no art. 5º, alínea IX e XIV da Constituição Federal de 1988.
  6. Nota: com base no Art. 3º da Lei N. 12.527 de 18 de novembro de 2011.
  7. Nota: com base no Art. 7, alínea IV da Lei N. 12.527 de 18 de novembro de 2011.
  8. Nota: com base no Art. 4º da Lei N. 12.527 de 18 de novembro de 2011.
  9. Nota: com base no Art. 46, alínea I da Lei N. 9.610 de 19 de fevereiro de 1998.
  10. Nota: com base no Art. 46, alínea III da Lei N. 9.610 de 19 de fevereiro de 1998 e Art. 4º da Lei N. 12.527 de 18 de novembro de 2011.