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Greenwashing tobacco—attempts to eco-label a killer product

  • Frank Houghton
  • Sharon Houghton
  • Diane O’Doherty
  • Derek McInerney
  • Bruce Duncan
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Abstract

The European Union currently prohibits the use of eco-labelling on tobacco products. Although “Big Tobacco” has overtly embraced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), it would be naïve not to view this move as anything other than an attempt to hide a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The history of deceit and malpractice that typifies the global tobacco industry speaks for itself. Cigarettes are not simply another product. Tobacco-related illness kills one in two of its users. The global death toll from tobacco will soon be eight million annually. In light of these practitioners in the fields of life cycle assessment (LCA) and social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) should not cooperate with moves to “greenwash” this deadly product.

Keywords

Tobacco control Corporate social responsibility Life cycle assessment (LCA) Social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) Ethics 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

No human subjects or animals were involved in this paper.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social ScienceLimerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS)University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.Department of BusinessLimerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland
  5. 5.Public Health UnitHauora TairawhitiGisborneNew Zealand

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