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Tobacco industry intimidates #governments with litigation or the threat of litigation. The #tobacco industry employs a veritable army of #lawyers, threatens legal action against governments over tobacco control policies that threatens its profits. Governments of #Australia, #Namibia, #Norway, #Uruguay are currently battling tobacco industry law suits in their national courts. #NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTD12 #WNTD #WNTD2012

Tobacco industry discredits proven #science. Tobacco industry hired #scientists and briefed #journalists, #government officials and members of the scientific community in order to keep them confused about the hazards posed by #tobacco and secondhand #smoke. Consultants hired by the tobacco industry have increasingly tried to skew scientific literature and have manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, in order to divert policy decisions towards the industry's advantage. #NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTD12 #WNTD12

Tobacco industry fabricates support through public organizations. The #tobacco industry uses phony "grassroots" groups to give an impression of social support for its interests, typically "#smokers' rights" groups, "citizens' rights" groups, etc. The tobacco industry is also known for funding tobacco growers' associations, #restaurant or #bar organizations to oppose smoke-free measures. #NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTD #WNTD12

Tobacco industry manipulates public opinion to gain the appearance of respectability. The industry's main way of manipulating public opinion is through corporate social responsibility (#CSR) activities, also known as "social #investment". For the #tobacco industry, CSR is a self-serving strategy. CSR activities by the tobacco industry may include ineffective youth #smoking prevention campaigns. These CSR efforts interfere with #health #policy by winning goodwill for the industry among politicians and the public. #NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTD #WNTD12

Tobacco industry manoeuvers to hijack the political and legislative process to in favor to the industry. #Tobacco industry enters industry partnerships with different branches of government to fund joint projects, e.g. border patrols, #sport programmes for children, support meetings/events. #NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTD #WNTD12 #WNTD2012 #health

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