New wiki site to unmask dealings of tobacco industry in Sri Lanka
A major new online project, TobaccoUnmasked, designed to reveal the activities and influences of the tobacco industry on public health policy, has been launched in Sri Lanka on the back of the success of TobaccoTactics – an initiative first established by the University’s Tobacco Control Research Group.
Supporting Sri Lankan colleagues
Targeting of lower-income countries
Recent studies, including by the Tobacco Control Research Group at Bath, have highlighted how lower-income countries including in Asia and Africa are increasingly targeted by major tobacco companies and seen as key to future profitability.
Earlier this year, a network of the world’s first tobacco industry observatories was convened at the University with representatives from TobaccoUnmasked in Sri Lanka, as well as international colleagues from Thailand, Brazil, South Africa and Lebanon. The idea of establishing a series of national observatories based on the University of Bath’s model came from the FCTC Secretariat in recognition of the importance of such work.
The training course delivered by the TCRG was led by Dr Karen Evans-Reeves who said: “It was a pleasure to host and teach delegates from countries who wish to publish information on tobacco industry interference in policy in order to protect public health. Having Dr Manuja Perera working here with us has furthered our understanding of tobacco industry influence in Sri Lanka and in turn enabled the Sri Lankan Centre for Combatting Tobacco to replicate our industry research, monitoring and publication model. We look forward to continued collaboration.”
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