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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: To learn about strategies of transnational tobacco industry in interfering with the process of legislating national tobacco control law.
Methods: Reviewed internal documents of transnational tobacco industry; Interviewing key tobacco control experts regarding relationship of various politicians and tobacco industry.
Results: Transnational tobacco industry employed lobbyists and hiring consultants/advisors, in order to influence politicians, policy makers, academicians, research institutes, and the media in Thailand, toward the tobacco industry. Lesson learned is that tobacco control group will have to find strategies which will prohibit meeting of tobacco industry representatives and high ranking officials at the ministry of public health, or government officials such as prime minister and his deputies.