The Countries Best at Blocking Big Tobacco

When it comes to heading off Big Tobacco’s influence, there are winners and losers. 

The advocacy group Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products ranks 33 countries in its first-ever Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index—tracking a key, but oft-overlooked measure, says the report’s author, Mary Assunta.
 
The best blockers? The UK (which publicly announces all encounters with tobacco reps), Uganda (which bans officials from taking gifts from cigarette makers), Iran, Kenya, and Brazil.

The country with the most interference? Japan. The government owns about a third of Japan Tobacco, which churns out Winstons and Camels.

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