The UK Tobacco Industry Interference Index (UKTI) forms part of the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, which ranks 90 countries worldwide, up from 80 in 2021. The UK is now ranked 21st globally, a drop from third position in 2021, fourth position in 2020 and best overall ranking in 2019.
The 2023 UKTI has been produced by the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath and lead by Dr Raouf Alebshehy with input from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), ASH Scotland, ASH Wales and Cancer Research UK. It covers the period between April 2021 and March 2023.
The Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index ranks countries based on how well they implement and comply with measures designed to prevent the tobacco industry interfering with policymaking by governments, as advised by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) which came into force in 2005.
The latest report shows that the UK has made no progress in protecting public health policies from the commercial interests of the tobacco industry.