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


*Das Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) ist eine Partnerorganisation von Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP). STOP ist ein globaler Watchdog zur Tabakindustrie, dessen Aufgabe es ist, die Strategien und Taktiken der Tabakindustrie aufzudecken, die die öffentliche Gesundheit untergraben. STOP wird von Bloomberg Philanthropies finanziert und besteht aus einer Partnerschaft zwischen der Tobacco Control Research Group an der University of Bath, dem Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), der International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) und Vital Strategies. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf

"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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