Welcome to Tobacco Unmasked
TobaccoUnmasked is the information portal of the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT). It contains evidence based information on the tobacco industry, with detailed profiles of tobacco companies relevant to Sri Lanka and their employees. The pages of this website also contain profiles of tobacco industry allies; institutions and individuals linked with the industry in various ways.
TobaccoUnmasked describes strategies adopted by the tobacco industry in the themes of influencing policy, tobacco tax & price related issues, corporate social investments, tobacco cultivation and marketing and promotion. Tobacco industry arguments and their responses against different policy processes are reported as a learning exercise for future reference.
How to Find Information on Tobacco Unmasked
There are three ways in which you can find information on TobaccoUnmasked:
- You can search for a specific topic in the Search Bar on the top of the screen. To search, type the topic you want to find the information into the box, and press 'Enter'.
- If its a recent issue, you can go through the list of most recent pages in the ‘What’s New section’ which will display new entries or major updates to the existing pages.
- Or, you can search through the ‘Key Topics’ section that categorizes the pages based on the themes the investigations were conducted.
CCT is the Sri Lankan tobacco observatory established at the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The aim of the CCT is to monitor the tobacco industry activities related to implementation of Article 5.3 in Sri Lanka and the region.
Our implementation partners include; Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) Sri Lanka, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol(NATA) and the Expert Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA).
The project was powered by Framework Convention on Tobacco Control(FCTC)Secretariat and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The UNION) and technical assistance was provided by the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath and the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco. TobaccoUnmasked follows the model of TobaccoTactics, introduced by Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath.
What’s New on Tobacco Unmasked?
Click on the key topics below to access more information on tobacco industry and its activities in Sri Lanka.
Includes pages on global and national tobacco control laws and policies
Includes pages directly related to the tobacco industry under following themes;
Tobacco Industry Activities
Includes pages on tobacco industry actions and strategies under following themes;
- activities themed as ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ actions of the tobacco industry or a subsidiary
- sponsorship of social events by the industry or its employees (using the company name and/or the title)
- any other sponsorship by the tobacco industry or its employees (using the company name and/or the title)
Tobacco Industry Arguments and Responses
Includes pages on responses and reactions of the tobacco industry under following themes;
Institutions Linked to the Tobacco Industry
Includes pages institutions reported to date to have had any interactions with tobacco industry or their proxies under following themes;
- Commissioned or Sponsored – Institutions commissioned or sponsored by the tobacco industry
- Consultants – Institutions with a history of provision of consultancy services to the tobacco industry
- Indirect Links – Institutions sponsored or commissioned by institutions directly linked to the tobacco industry
- Institutions with Mutual Associates - Institutions in which Directors/employees of tobacco industry are Directors/employees/members
- Institutions Governed by Tobacco Industry – Institutions in which executive positions are assigned to tobacco industry employees or directors as a representative of the tobacco industry
- Partners – Institutions that facilitated projects with the tobacco industry or partnered in tobacco industry activities
Individuals associated with the Tobacco Industry
Includes pages on politicians, government officials, celebrities, academics, researchers, professionals and other public/popular figures to have had any interaction reported to date with tobacco industry under following categories;
- Consultants - Individuals with a history of provision of consultancy services to the tobacco industry
- Partners - Individuals who facilitated projects with the tobacco industry or partnered in tobacco industry activities
- Monetary or other Gifts - Individuals who accepted money, personal gifts or sponsored tours from the tobacco industry
- Sponsorship for Government Activities - Individuals who accepted sponsorship for government activities from the tobacco industry
- Sponsorship for Research - Individuals who accepted sponsorship for research or other academic activities from the tobacco industry
- Sponsorship for Social Projects - Individuals who accepted sponsorship for social projects
- Event Participation - Individuals who participated in the events organised by the tobacco industry or its proxies
Individuals and Institutions Interfering in Tobacco Control
Include pages on individuals and institutions that opposed or took action to delay tobacco control policies or actions or propagated the interests of the tobacco industry, however, with no proven link with the tobacco industry to date.
- Interfered in NATA Act Implementation - Individuals or institutions with no proven link to the tobacco industry to date, that opposed, delayed or criticized the implementation of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Act
- Interfered in Tobacco Tax Increase - Individuals or institutions with no proven link to the tobacco industry to date, that opposed, delayed or criticized proposals for tobacco tax increase
- Interfered in Tobacco Cultivation Control - Individuals or institutions with no proven link to the tobacco industry to date, that opposed, delayed or criticized controlling tobacco cultivation
- Image Promotion - Individuals or institutions with no proven link to the tobacco industry to date, that positively spoke about the tobacco industry or their actions, contributing to promote their image
- Interfered in Tobacco Control Actions - Individuals or institutions with no proven link to the tobacco industry to date, that opposed, delayed or criticized tobacco control actions or proposals to control tobacco
Strict Referencing Policy
Information published in tobaccounmasked.lk adheres to a strict referencing policy. You can find the sources of information under the resources list at the end of each post. The posts developed by reporters are edited by the Editor and peer reviewed before publication.
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Suggested citation: Centre for Combating Tobacco, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo. TobaccoUnmasked, 2017, Available at http://tobaccounmasked.lk/index.php?title=Main_Page, Accessed (date accessed).
CCT wishes to acknowledge the library of the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) Sri Lanka for providing literature to develop TobaccoUnmasked posts.
TobaccoUnmasked Hotline on Article 5.3 violations
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