Tobacco Companies Are Exploiting The Environment

Tobacco companies have always claimed that they care about the environment. Yet, a new study by Stopping Tobacco Organizations & Products (STOP), found that Imperial Tobacco worked through a sustainability NGO to deceitfully connect with the government of Mozambique. Also, when local communities attempted to limit industry-related air pollution in Uganda, British American Tobacco simply closed their plant and relocated to Kenya.

These and other examples from STOP researchers show that this greenwashing behavior’s only purpose is to improve the industry’s reputation, gain access to policy makers and boost sales.

Visit the newly redesigned Tobacco Tactics site to see how:

  • The industry uses recognition from sustainability groups to legitimize their attempted partnerships with governments.
  • The lack of standardized disclosure practices allows companies to set their own goals, create new units of measurement and only disclose on topics that paint them in a positive light.
  • Industry-funded sustainability programs and self-regulation function to preempt government regulation.
  • The tobacco industry uses corporate social responsibility initiatives to target low- and middle-income countries, where their harmful environmental practices are most impactful.

For specific examples—and to see the latest research on tobacco industry activity around COVID-19, lobby groups, smuggling, e-cigarettes and more—on the new Tobacco Tactics site.

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