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Welcome to TobaccoUnmaskedSouth.Asia

TobaccoUnmaskedSouth.Asia (TUSouthAsia) is the official information portal of the South Asian Regional Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT). It contains evidence based information on the tobacco industry in South Asia, with detailed profiles of tobacco companies relevant to the region and their employees. The pages of this website also contain profiles of tobacco industry allies in the South Asian Region; institutions and individuals linked with the industry in various ways. TUSouthAsia further describes the strategies adopted by the tobacco industry in the region related to the themes of influencing policy, tobacco tax and price related issues, corporate social investments, tobacco cultivation and marketing and promotion. Tobacco industry arguments and their responses against different policy processes are reported as a learning exercise for future reference.

How to Find Information on TobaccoUnmaskedSouth.Asia

There are several ways in which you can find information on TUSouthAsia:

  • You can search for a specific topic in the Search Bar on the top of the screen. To search, type the topic you want to find the information into the box, and press 'Enter'.
  • If its a recent issue, you can go through the list of most recent pages in the ‘What’s New section’ which will display new entries or major updates to the existing pages.
  • Or, you can search through the ‘Key Topics’ section that categorizes the pages based on the themes the investigations were conducted.
  • Searching for information specific for a country in the South Asian Region? You can access pages related to the respective country by clicking on the country logo in the right hand column or clicking the country name below:
You can return to the category page by clicking on the country logo in the top right corner of the page. You can return to the Main Page by clicking on the TUSouth.Asia logo in the left or clicking on "Main page" in the left menu.

About Us

SARC-CCT is a project coordinated by the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), the Sri Lankan tobacco observatory hosted by the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The mandate of the CCT is to monitor the tobacco industry activities related to implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 in Sri Lanka and the region.

The project was powered by Framework Convention on Tobacco Control(FCTC)Secretariat and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The UNION) and technical assistance was provided by the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco and the WHO-FCTC Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control.

What’s New on TobaccoUnmaskedSouth.Asia?

Key Topics

Click on the key topics below to access more information on tobacco industry and its activities in Sri Lanka. Interested in the definitions for each key topic to understand the reason for categorising the pages under them? Please visit our page Key Topics.


Includes pages on global and national tobacco control laws and policies and tobacco industry tactics

Tobacco Industry

Includes pages directly related to the tobacco industry under following themes;

Tobacco Industry Activities

Includes pages on tobacco industry actions and strategies under following themes;

Tobacco Industry Arguments and Responses

Includes pages on responses and reactions of the tobacco industry under following themes;

Institutions Linked to the Tobacco Industry

Includes pages on institutions reported to date to have had any interactions with tobacco industry or their proxies under following themes;

Individuals associated with the Tobacco Industry

Includes pages on politicians, government officials, celebrities, academics, researchers, professionals and other public/popular figures to have had any interaction reported to date with tobacco industry under following categories;

Disclaimer:The individual profiles are published as a facilitator to implement FCTC Article 5.3 only. It is not the intention of the TobaccoUnmasked team to tarnish the individuals' image nor to cause them harm.

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Strict Referencing Policy

Information published in adheres to a strict referencing policy. You can find the sources of information under the resources list at the end of each post. The posts developed by reporters are edited by the Editor and peer reviewed before publication.

Reproduction and Distribution of Published Material

You are free to copy and redistribute the material for non commercial use with appropriate credit to the CCT. Please acknowledge CCT as the copyright holder by stating: "This material is reproduced from Copyright, Centre for Combating Tobacco and used under permission of the Centre for Combating Tobacco. All rights reserved."

Suggested citation: Centre for Combating Tobacco, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo. TobaccoUnmaskedSouth.Asia, [Date of most recent modification], Available at, Accessed (date accessed).


TUSouthAsia follows the model of TobaccoTactics, introduced by the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath.

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