November 12, 2023
A new international survey conducted for Philip Morris International by independent research firm Povaddo shows a majority of respondents believing that policymakers are too slow in embracing technological breakthroughs and innovation.
Almost three in four (74%) said the governments’ failure to act in a timely fashion has negative consequences for public health.
The independently conducted survey—fielded among 30,591 general population adults aged 21 or older in 15 countries, including the UK—demonstrates considerable global support for policy changes that would improve access to scientifically substantiated smoke-free products:
“In a world that demands change, it is imperative that regulators and public health officials hear from those most impacted by a policy of inaction,” said Gregoire Verdeaux, senior vice president, external affairs at PMI.
“In the case of cigarettes, those paying the highest price are adult smokers in need of better options. Their voices, needs, and aspirations must be central to the strategies and policies crafted to create a better future.”
The survey sheds light on the vital role of ensuring adults have access to accurate and scientifically substantiated information about better alternatives to continued smoking.
The survey reveals that citizens want their governments to embrace innovation and rely on scientific facts and data to guide their decision-making. However, the majority (55%) expressed concern that their government is moving too slowly in embracing technological breakthroughs and innovation, and 92 per cent are calling for public health policy to be regularly reexamined to ensure it keeps up with scientific and technological advances.
“Across the world, people are counting on their governments to stay on top of technological developments while ensuring innovative products are appropriately regulated,” said Verdeaux. “Too often, they are finding that government policies fail to keep pace with industry advances.”