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The Tobacco industry is comprised of entities that manufacture tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products. Many large tobacco entities operate globally. Entities may obtain or sell exclusive rights to sell certain brands of cigarettes in diverse markets. Most tobacco is grown by independent tobacco farmers, who typically sell their crops to tobacco merchants or to manufacturers under contract.

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General Issue Category
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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Tobacco

Customer Welfare
  • Public Health

    Tobacco use can create serious health risks as established by many scientific studies over the past several decades. Health problems associated with tobacco include lung disease, cancer and heart disease. Tobacco product manufacturers have faced lawsuits from individuals, governments, corporations and other groups. In some cases, these lawsuits resulted in significant settlements. A growing public awareness of the associated health risks has driven down tobacco use dramatically in many countries. Tobacco product manufacturers are introducing an array of ‘harm reduction’ products, such as non-tobacco nicotine products and heated tobacco products, seeking to minimise the health impacts of tobacco use while accessing new markets. Scientific studies questioning these assertions of harm reduction may emerge, with continuing effects on entity revenue and growth potential.
Selling Practices & Product Labeling
  • Marketing Practices

    Tobacco product labelling and marketing is regulated heavily internationally. The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has encouraged many countries to introduce new, stricter regulatory approaches to prevent people from using tobacco at an early age through transparent advertising about tobacco’s health risks. The industry has faced costly legal battles related to the marketing and advertising of its products. Marketing for combustible and new non-combustible products must balance regulatory requirements with the need to reach new markets. Failing to effectively manage negative social externalities may result in further unfavourable regulation and may impair the industry’s social licence to operate. Entities that effectively manage this issue may avoid extraordinary expenses, preserve market share and decrease contingent liabilities.

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