Japan Tobacco International

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Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is an international tobacco business with a global market share of almost 10 per cent.[1] It is owned by Japan Tobacco Group.[2]

The company was formed in 1999 when the Japan Tobacco Group bought the US multinational RJ Reynolds. In 2007, JTI bought another major tobacco manufacturer, Gallaher.[1] JTI’s headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

The company’s brands include Winston, Mild Seven, Camel, Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut, Hamlet cigars, Old Holborn and Amber Leaf rolling tobacco.[3]

JTI says: "We recognize the risks of smoking and try to reduce them. We are committed to developing reduced-risk products and fostering understanding between smokers and non-smokers, while respecting norms, legislation and cultures around the world. We are open to, and seek dialogue with governmental authorities around the world to address questions about the manufacture, sale and use of our products."[4]

Refuses to Disclose if Funding UK Think Tanks

In May 2012, JTI was asked if it was funding any of the think tanks active in the smoking and health debate in the UK. The company replied: "Please note that we do not wish to participate in your research." [5]

Lobbying UK MPs

Brussels Lobbying

Until January 2011, the Brussels office of JTI was headed by Thierry Lebeaux, who used to work for the PR company Citigate Dewe Rogerson.[6] His successor is Paolo Bochicchio.[7] Bochicchio used to be the EU Government Affairs Director for the European Plastic Converters (EuPC).[8]

In its lobbying register declaration, JTI declares it lobbies European institutions through the following organisations:

For 2010, JTI declared that it spent €650,000 - €700,000 on lobbying.[10]

Funding Anti-Regulation Publication

JTI has paid €10'000 to commission a special edition of Euractiv titled "Regulating Consumers?".[11]

Roger Scruton Controversy

Targeting Women and Girls

Legal action against Australian Government


The company’s executive committee has 17 members:[12]

They report to the board of Japan Tobacco Group.


In addition to the EU lobbying organisations detailed above, JTI is a member of:

External Resources

JTI's website: http://www.jti.com


  1. 1.0 1.1 JTI, JTI history, Website, undated, accessed 17 December 2011
  2. JTI, Investor information, JTI website, undated, accessed 20 February 2012
  3. JTI, JTI brands, JTI website, undated, accessed 17 December 2011
  4. JTI, Our Principles, JTI website, undated, accessed 20 February 2012
  5. Guy Côté, Email to Tobacco Control Research Group, 12 May 2012
  6. Public Affairs News, 'European News in Brief', 7 April 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 European Transparency Register Transparency Register, Accessed July, 2011
  8. Linkedin, Bochicchio Profile, Accessed July, 2011
  9. Not to be confused with the European Carton Makers Association going by the same acronym and also lobbying in Brussels for the tobacco industry.
  10. European Commission Transparency Register, Transparency Register, Accessed July, 2011
  11. Euractiv, Email reply to Tobacco Control Research Group, Subject: Re: General inquiry - Message From the Team Page, 27 April 2018, 12:01
  12. As of 20 February 2012 - see JTI, Our management, JTI website, undated, accessed 20 February 2012