Tobacco industry interference index Poland 2023
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First Doctoral School, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Department of Public Health and Social Medicine, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Publication date: 2023-10-08
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Paulina Dera   

First Doctoral School, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement 2):A55
Interference of tobacco industry is noticeable in many countries. Monitoring of such activities in order to strengthen the protective actions of governments is important.

To assess the influence of tobacco industry companies on the government's public health policies in Poland.

This study makes an assessment of the intensity, frequency, and severity of incidents of tobacco industry interference reported in Poland between I January 2020 and 31 March 2023 and the government’s response to these incidents. The research is based on a questionnaire developed by SEATCA for its Tobacco Industry Interference Index (TIII) and scoring guidelines. To complete TIII of 20 indicators under seven key themes for Poland, five reviewers separately searched for evidence. This report was written by a scoping review of i.a.: the legal basis, Polish media websites, the Polish government and local government websites, and also social media of tobacco industry companies.

The government and individual governmental entities accept cooperation and sign agreements with representatives of tobacco companies in the fight against tobacco smuggling. In addition, government initiates a space for discussion - the Excise Forum, where consultation and recommendations are held regarding, among others, excise duty policy. Tobacco industry supports several public schools in terms of workshops, offering internships and demonstrating the production processes. Moreover, one of the former Director of Gambling's Regulation Department in the Ministry of Finance now is working in Philip Morris Distribution Polska.

The results of the study suggest that tobacco companies have a considerable impact on public health policies. The government should take a more careful approach to its relations with the tobacco industry. All invitations to meetings could be more filtered for possible connections. Independence is recommended in several important matters related to the fight against illegal cigarette smuggling. In addition, it is important to prepare documents that would present appropriate regulations in connection with data transfer procedures, meetings or other interactions.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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