This index is based on publicly available information on tobacco industry interference in countries and their respective governments’ responses to this interference for the period of January 2018 to December 2019 for the new country participants, and January to December 2019 for the 33 countries updating their reports.
The countries are ranked according to total scores provided by civil society groups, which prepared their respective country indices. The lower the score, the lower the overall level of interference, which augurs well for the country.
- The tobacco industry stepped up corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The tobacco industry attempted to steer policy development.
- The tobacco industry intensified lobbying.
- Lack of transparency remains a problem.