publication . Article . 2018

'Alternative fact' narrative influencing tobacco control: a case study of tobacco industry interference in print media

Aneesha Guruge; Nilangika Fernando;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2018 Journal: Tobacco Induced Diseases (issn: 1617-9625, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: European Publishing
Background Sri Lanka saw a rise in misleading and false information on tobacco statistics in 2017. Vernacular press reported on government revenue decreasing, beedi smokers rising and illegal tobacco products reporting high growth without verifiable sources. Such articles were repeatedly published. The rise of false information followed the government increasing cigarette taxes between 20-80% across five length categories. The increase in taxes was implemented to reconcile a gap created by over a decade of poor tax policies. While the increase was welcome by the public, media reported the tax increase would result in reducing government revenue and livelihood of...
free text keywords: WCTOH, Diseases of the respiratory system, RC705-779, Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology. Including cancer and carcinogens, RC254-282, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Medicine (miscellaneous), Health(social science)
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