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chapter 2 overview

As the previous chapter has shown, the tobacco industry uses a wide array of methods to exert influence. One of its key strategies is to directly engage with government officials and agencies where possible. A key step in countering this is to therefore limit such interactions to only when strictly necessary. Additionally, ensuring transparency of these interactions is important: this avoids any perceptions of partnership or collaboration between the government and tobacco industry. Such an approach can provide consistency and effectiveness across government agencies, offices, in dealing with the tobacco industry and avert attempt to play one agency against another. Therefore, policies for interactions are needed so that the state, its agencies, and personnel, are clear on how it should act vis-à-vis the tobacco industry.

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