The Global Tobacco
Industry Interference Index

The first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index (Global Tobacco Index) shows that efforts made by governments to tackle tobacco industry interference have been progressing slowly and are far from satisfactory. The lower the score, the lower the overall level of interference, which bodes well for the country.

Countries that scored well on the Global Tobacco Index have prevailed against tobacco industry interference by implementing measures to protect themselves. This underscores the need for the whole government’s commitment to withstand industry interference and better protect tobacco control measures.

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United Kingdom
29
Uganda
30
Iran
33
Kenya
34
Brazil
France
Uruguay
41
Nepal
43
Thailand
47
Canada
48
Cambodia
50
Korea (Republic of)
53
Myanmar
54
Philippines
58
Sri Lanka
Turkey
Vietnam
59
Mexico
61
Ukraine
62
Malaysia
66
Pakistan
68
Lao PDR
69
India
70
Tanzania
72
South Africa
United States of America
73
China
Egypt
75
Indonesia
Lebanon
77
Bangladesh
79
Jordan
88
Japan

The Global Tobacco Index covers 33 countries around the world. The report reveals how the tobacco industry interferes in public policy in these countries and the measures respective governments are taking to address the industry’s interference. The information in this 2019 report is based on publicly available information for the period of January 2017 to December 2018.

The 33 countries are ranked according to total scores provided by civil society groups who prepared their respective country reports.


Use the navigation bar to select a country and view its overall score, it's ranking, and a summary from its report.

Bangladesh

Brazil

Cambodia

Canada

China

Egypt

France

India

Indonesia

Iran

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Korea (Republic of)

Lao PDR

Lebanon

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar

Nepal

Pakistan

Philippines

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Uruguay

Vietnam

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OVERALL SCORE
23.9
Rank
85th of 140

Country Rankings

The Global Tobacco Index rates countries on their response to tobacco industry interference through a survey questionnaire. The questionnaire, developed from Article 5.3 Guidelines, contains 20 questions covering 7 indicators of industry interference on which countries are scored:

  • Indicator 1 (I1): The industry's participation in policy development
  • Indicator 2 (I2): Tobacco industry-related corporate social responsibility activities
  • Indicator 3 (I3): Benefits given to the tobacco industry
  • Indicator 4 (I4): Unnecessary interaction between government and industry
  • Indicator 5 (I5): Measures for transparency
  • Indicator 6 (I6). Preventing conflicts of interest
  • Indicator 7 (I7). Measures that prevent industry influence

Sort the list to view which countries experienced the most and least interference on each indicator of the Global Tobacco Index, or use the search bar to see the breakdown of scores from a country. Click on the button below to download the full data set.


# COUNTRY i1 i2 i3 i4 i5 i6 i7 TOTAL SCORE
24 Bangladesh 14 5 9 12 8 13 16 77
5 Brazil 3 0 2 10 5 4 10 34
9 Cambodia 4 3 5 2 7 9 18 48
8 Canada 5 3 7 8 4 4 16 47
22 China 18 5 7 8 8 9 18 73
22 Egypt 5 5 5 13 10 12 23 73
5 France 5 1 4 4 3 4 13 34
19 India 6 4 5 12 9 12 21 69
23 Indonesia 15 5 10 8 10 11 16 75
3 Iran 4 1 4 2 7 4 8 30
26 Japan 19 5 8 10 8 15 23 88
25 Jordan 15 5 9 15 7 12 16 79
4 Kenya 4 0 5 2 4 7 11 33
10 Korea (Republic of) 2 4 3 2 10 5 24 50
18 Lao PDR 9 0 8 15 8 9 19 68
23 Lebanon 15 2 6 11 10 7 24 75
16 Malaysia 9 3 8 5 8 9 20 62
14 Mexico 12 2 1 5 8 10 21 59
11 Myanmar 5 4 7 1 9 6 21 53
6 Nepal 2 2 5 2 8 5 17 41
17 Pakistan 11 4 8 7 10 14 12 66
12 Philippines 18 4 5 9 3 8 7 54
21 South Africa 10 5 4 14 7 9 23 72
13 Sri Lanka 6 1 8 6 9 8 20 58
20 Tanzania 14 4 9 5 8 5 25 70
7 Thailand 4 2 5 2 7 13 10 43
13 Turkey 7 0 9 5 10 5 22 58
2 Uganda 3 3 1 3 5 2 12 29
15 Ukraine 12 3 6 9 8 3 20 61
1 United Kingdom 2 1 1 2 4 5 11 26
21 United States of America 13 0 9 14 7 10 19 72
5 Uruguay 2 0 3 0 5 5 19 34
13 Vietnam 14 4 1 10 6 6 17 58

RESOURCES

Read more about the Global Tobacco Index by downloading the full report and other resources. Click on the dropdown button for each item to view its description.
A 4-page summary of the Report’s highlights, findings, and recommendations
The translated version of the executive summary
The translated version of the executive summary
The translated version of the executive summary
The translated version of the executive summary
The translated version of the executive summary
The full set of country summaries. Please note that China’s country summary is only available by request through the Contact Us form.
A spreadsheet containing the breakdown of scores per country for each Index indicator

GET INVOLVED


Countering tobacco industry interference is a collaborative effort that needs the involvement of policymakers, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens in calling for the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3.

You can support the movement for good governance in tobacco control through the following ways: