Drafting and adopting a policy without any prior information on the actual situation may not yield the best outcome. At best, the policy would not be as effective as desired. At worst, it may have no effect at all. The tobacco industry has been exposed for not disclosing information or providing misleading information on the various aspects of its business. For these reasons, governments must require the tobacco industry to be transparent about its operations and ensure that the information provided is accurate. Precise and adequate information helps to strengthen policies to counter tobacco industry interference.
Chapter 4: Requiring Information from the Tobacco Industry
This chapter discusses one interaction that could be deemed as strictly necessary for regulating the tobacco industry—namely requiring information for tobacco control purposes.