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To cite: Watts C, Hefler M, Freeman B. Tobacco Control. Published Online First: 17 April 2018. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054188
Read the full article here: linkBackground: The tobacco industry has a long history of opposing tobacco control policy and promoting socially responsible business practices. With the rise of social media platforms, like Twitter, the tobacco industry is enabled to readily and easily communicate these messages.
Conclusions Transnational tobacco companies are using Twitter to oppose tobacco control policy and shape their public identity by promoting corporate social responsibility initiatives in violation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Regulation of the tobacco industry’s global online activities is required.