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Is the tobacco industry’s human rights makeover growing bolder?
  1. Neiloy Sircar1,
  2. Stella Bialous1,2
  1. 1 Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF, San Francisco, California, USA
  2. 2 Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF School of Nursing, San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Neiloy Sircar, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA; neiloy.sircar{at}

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The tobacco industry lacks serious commitment to human rights,1 2 including its exploitation of civil rights efforts to curry favour with groups that experience tobacco-related health disparities.3 British American Tobacco (BAT)’s Journey to a Better Tomorrow: Human Rights Report 2020,4 published on Human Rights Day (10 December 2020), presents another window into the industry’s misuse of human rights framework. It is the first large-scale report from a multinational tobacco company focused solely on human rights.5 It possibly heralds a growing industry-wide attempt to claim the title of human rights advocates linked with business investments in new products.

BAT’s report emphasises, unsurprisingly, the company’s ‘less risky products’ and efforts to grow the non-combustible nicotine market, which appears to be …

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  • Contributors The authors contributed equally to this manuscript.

  • Funding This study was partially funded by National Cancer Institute (CA-113710).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.