The tobacco industry uses pseudo economic arguments to divert attention away from the health consequences of smoking to block new health regulations and ultimately protect its revenues, according to Tobacconomics, a report produced by Action on Smoking and Health.

The report debunks claims that support the three major pro-tobacco arguments developed by the industry and its lobbyists, which are recycled again and again for each new policy intervention: standing up for small businesses and defending workers’ jobs; raising the alarm about counterfeit and smuggled tobacco; and denying the effectiveness of tobacco control policies.

1. Action on Smoking and Health. Tobacconomics: How Big Tobacco Uses Dodgy Data to ‘Throw Sand in the Gears’ of Global Health Policy. London, UK: ASH, 2011.