This 44-pages index shows how and how much the tobacco industry is interfering with political decision-makers in Germany. As a case study, the events surrounding the tobacco tax increase bill passed in 2021 will be highlighted.

Using a questionnaire developed by the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), different areas of political decision making are analysed and substantiated with examples. Still, the tobacco industry exerts big influence on political decisions in Germany.

Author: Laura Graen (consultant for the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, GGTC)*

Endorsing organisations:
German Medical Action Group Smoking or Health (ÄARG), German NCD Alliance (DANK), German Academy for Child and Adolescent Medicine (DAKJ), German Cancer Aid, German Respiratory Society (DGP), German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), German Network of Tobacco Free Hospitals and Healthcare Services (DNRFK), Women Against Tobacco (FACT), Friedensband, Health Care Plus UG, Institute for Therapy and Health Research (IFT-Nord), Unfairtobacco, Vivantes Hospital Group

Published: September 2021


*The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) is a partner organisation of Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP). STOP is a global watchdog for the tobacco industry whose mission is to expose tobacco industry strategies and tactics that undermine public health. STOP is funded by Bloomberg Phlianthropies and consists of a partnership between the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and Vital Strategies. For more information, visit

"At best, the initiative of the Ministry of Finance on tobacco taxes can be described as non-transparent and rushed. At worst, there is reason to suspect that the tobacco industry has exerted influence." Laura Graen, tobacco control expert and author of the report
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