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Conflicts of Interest

A conflict-of-interest situation arises when an individual or institution’s vested interests give rise to doubts about the impartiality of their actions, judgments, and decision-making processes. In essence, it prompts an inquiry into whether these actions can be conducted without bias.The guidelines set forth in Article 5.3 highlight certain forms of potential conflicts of interest, which include payments, gifts, services, both monetary and non-monetary, and research funding extended by the tobacco industry to government entities, officials, or employees.