The tobacco industry which is known to be the vector of the tobacco epidemic, causing at least 1.4 trillion dollars of economic losses annually along with 8 million deaths, is now further contributing to an increased burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To ensure that its culpability goes undetected during the crisis, the tobacco industry launders its image through donations, particularly to governments and through government officials, in cash, personal protective equipment (PPE),  and medical equipment such as ventilators.  Notably, the tobacco industry’s donation, a form of so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) acitivty, is disproportionate to the value of the damage it brings to the economy. Tobacco industry’s so-called CSR activities allow it to market its dangerous and addictive products and undermine governments’ credibility and commitment to implement the global tobacco control treaty, WHO FCTC which, under Article 5.3, provides that: Governments must protect its public health policy from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry, and this involves denormalizing so-called CSR of the tobacco industry.

 

        Date

Title

Donation/CSR activities

  Bangladesh
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD1.85 billion (BDT110 billion) in 2004

        May 12, 2020

Corona treatment: Abul Khair Group started providing free oxygen

Abul Khair Group

  • 300 specialized oxygen cylinders

        March 31, 2020

Professional bodies, NGOs donate PPE for public hospitals

British American Tobacco Bangladesh*

  • Personal Protection Equipment’s (PPE)

  Brazil
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD12 million (BRL73 million)

      March 25, 2020

City Hall transfers over R $ 2 million to Santa Cruz hospitals

Philip Morris Brasil

  • R $ 500,000

  Bulgaria
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD1 million (BGN3 million)

 

Who are the generous donors to the campaign, set up by BCause Foundation and #Forthegood Project against COVID-19 in Bulgaria?

Philip Morris Bulgaria

  • 320 leva (USD170,000)

  Costa Rica 
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD112 million (CRC64 million)

        April 16, 2020

Conferencia de prensa de actualización de acciones e información #COVID19

Philip Morris International

  • Artificial respirators

Declarations of Mario Ruiz Cubillo (Medical Manager of the Costa Rican Social Security fund)

  Ecuador
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD141 million

 

PMI is asking for an extension to renew health warnings, alleging that its businesses are affected.

Note: This info was shared by the Ministry of Health (reserved information). 

 

Fiji
Economic Costs of Tobacco Use:
USD2 trillion

     June 06, 2020

BAT invests $10m in Fijian economy

British American Tobacco

  • USD10 million

  Georgia
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD190 million (GEL619 million)

      March 23, 2020

PHILIP MORRIS GEORGIA ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE CONTRIBUTION OF 100 000 GEL TOWARDS FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Philip Morris Georgia

  • 100 000 GEL

  Greece
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD5 million (EUR4 million)

        April 02, 2020

Tobacco firm Philip Morris faces backlash over ‘coronavirus publicity stunt’ after it donates ventilators

Philip Morris International

  • Ventilators

        March 30, 2020

Big Tobacco criticised for ‘coronavirus publicity stunt’ after donating ventilators

Philip Morris International

  • Ventilators

        March 18, 2020

Greek tobacco firm donates 50 respirators to equip Greek hospitals

Philip Morris International

  • 50 respirators 

  Honduras
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use:
 USD81,000 (HNL 2 million)

      April 25, 2020

The Honduran Tobacco Company (British American Tobacco, BAT), together with the Honduran Private Company Council, COHEP, donated 3,000 protective masks to the National Police, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

British American Tobacco (BAT)

  • 3,000 protective masks

  India
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD7.4 billion (INR354 billion) in 2002-2004

        April 06, 2020

 DTC donates ₹25 lakh to CMRF

Deccan Tobacco Company

  • ₹25 lakh (USD50,000)

        April 05, 2020

ITC’s boxes of ‘hope’ and ‘happiness’ to provide essential supplies to the elderly amid Covid-19 lockdown

Indian Tobacco Company Limited (ITC)

  • ‘Aashirvaad Box of Hope’ for the elderly contains Aashirvaad atta, salt and basic spices.
  • Sunfeast Box of Happiness for children includes packets of Sunfeast biscuits, YiPPee! noodles, Jelimals, B Natural juices and snacks from Bingo!

        March 27, 2020

ITC sets up Rs 150 crores COVID Contingency Fund for vulnerable sections of society

India Tobacco Company (I.T.C.)

  • Rs 150 (USD20 million)

  Indonesia
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD484-1,200 million (IDR4.4-11 trillion) in 2005

September 16, 2020

Did COVID-19 help Big Business punt harmful products?

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI)

  • 50 ventilators to intensive care units in Greece and in Germany PMI’s production sites were used as logistics centers to distribute personal protective equipment.

Auguest 5, 2020

Regency Government Receives PCR Machine from PT HM Sampoerna

Sampoerna

  • 1 PCR machine to accelerate the handling of Covid-19 in Pasuruan Regency.

August 5, 2020

Malang Receives PCR Machine Assistance, Mayor Sutiaji Hope Can Accelerate Corona Detection

Sampoerna

  • 1 PCR machine
  • 100 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

August 5, 2020

   

Regency Government Receives PCR Machine from PT HM Sampoena

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk

  • 2 PCR (swab) machines

August 3, 2020

Held the SEBAR 2020 Program, PHBI Collaborates with CSR Sampoerna Sukorejo Plant

CSR Sampoerna

  • 1 building public facilities (Fasum) in the form of canopies wells and reservoirs for local residents in Ngadimulyo Village to make it easier for residents to get clean water supplies for their daily needs

August 3, 2020

Sampoerna Provides PCR Machine Assistance to Malang City Government

Sampoerna

  • 1 PCR machine

     July 29, 2020

SRC Pattimura Donates 100 Food Packages

Sampoerna Retail Community (SRC)

  • 100 Food Packages

     July 10, 2020

Djarum Foundation Back to Help Demak

Djarum Foundation

  • 50 boxes of medical masks
  • 100 units of Kudos coveralls for medical personnel 

       June 19, 2020

Given by Thousands of APDs, the Regent of Celica: Very Useful to Handle Corona in Karawang

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk*

  • 2 ventilators
  • 5,000 fabric masks
  • 500 hazmat clothes
  • 50 full sets of personal protective equipment
  • 200 face shields

       June 19, 2020

Sampoerna and Rumah Kita Help with Hazmat Masks and Clothes

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk*

  • 7,500 fabric masks
  • 650 hazmat clothes
  • 155 personal protective equipment
  • 250 face shields

       June 07, 2020

Support Indonesia to Fight COVID-19, Sampoerna Donate Ventilators and Full Set PPE

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk

  • 14 units of artificial breathing apparatus or ventilators
  • 45,000 masks
  • 4,000 hazmat clothes
  • 600 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • 900 units of face shields

       June 05, 2020

Pasuruan Regent Appreciates Ventilator and APD Assistance

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk*

  • 2 ventilators
  • 5,000 masks
  • 250 hazmat clothes
  • 50 full set personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • 100 face masks

       June 04, 2020

PT TSPM (KT&G) Donates Co-19 Swab Test Equipment Assistance

PT TSPM (KT&G)

  • 1000 PCR swab reagents

       May 29, 2020

HM Sampoerna (HMSP) channeled assistance to Covid-19 affected migrants

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk

  • 10,000 hygiene packages
  • 20,000 nonmedical masks
  • 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizers
  • 10,000 drawstring bags

       May 22, 2020

Alfamart Distributes Food Packages to 1,500 Traders of OBA Traditional Stalls

PT. Djarum*

  • food packages to 1,500 traditional OBA stall merchants (Alfamart Guided Outlets)

       May 21, 2020

Pamekasan Regional Hospital received PPE from the Djarum Foundation

Djarum Foundation

  • PPE equipment
  • google glasses
  • dental protective faces
  • N95 masks
  • surgical masks
  • boots
  • gloves
  • headgear
  • vitamin C and virus transportation media (VTM) 

       May 19, 2020

YLKI Accuses Cigarette Industry of Using Pandemic for Covert Advertising

personal protective equipment (PPE) given to hospitals

       May 8, 2020

KT&G delivers COVID-19 diagnostic kits to the Indonesian government

 

 

South Korean tobacco company (KT&G)

  • USD82,0000 worth of COVID-19 test kits

       May 8, 2020

The Government Receives Covid-19 Test Kit Assistance Worth Rp1.2 Billion

South Korean tobacco company (KT&G)

  • USD82,0000 worth of COVID-19 test kits

 

        April 22, 2020

The Vice Regent Has Received CSR Assistance from Six Companies

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk.

  • 100 liter disinfectant
  • 100 liter hand sanitizer 
  • 1,500 cloth mask 
  • 1,000 pcs cloth mask

        April 22, 2020

PMI Demak Receives APD Assistance from Kudus Djarum Foundation

Djarum Foundation

  • 80 units of personal protective equipment (PPE)

        April 07, 2020

Covid-19 in Kediri, Gudang Garam Handed Ambulance to PMI

PT Gudang Garam

  • Ambulance to Indonesian Red Cross

     April 02, 2020

Djarum Donates Rp 1.5 Billion for the Procurement of PPE in Kudus

PT Djarum’s Bakti Sosial Djarum Foundation 

Rp 1.5B (USD94,500) worth of equipment

  • Personal Protection Equipment’s (PPE)
  • Coverall Shirts (500 pieces)
  • Goggle Glasses (400 pieces)
  • Dental Protective Face (300 pieces)
  • N95 Masks (4,000 pieces)
  • Surgical Masks (1,000 boxes)
  • Boots (400 pairs)
  • Gloves (1,000 boxes)
  • Headgear (5,000 pieces)
  • Virus Transportation Media (VTM)  (5,000 pieces).

  Italy
   Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD28 million (EUR26 million)

      May 14, 2020

The tobacco industry uses the COVID-19 emergency to advance its strategy and commercial propaganda

Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology

  • 100 meals a day for the Zola Predosa Food Bank
  • 3000L ‘Made in ER’ hand sanitizer
  • EUR1.4 million for Civil Protection
  • EUR1 million

      May 10, 2020

Zola, Philip Morris donates one hundred meals a day to the most needy

Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology

  • 100 meals a day for the Zola Predosa Food Bank

      May 5, 2020

Hand sanitizer distributed to health care companies and residential homes for the elderly

Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna

  • 3000L ‘Made in ER’ hand sanitizer

      April 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS, PHILIP MORRIS’S COMMITMENT TO THE ITALIAN CHAIN

Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna

  • EUR1.4 million for Civil Protection

      March 30, 2020

PHILIP MORRIS DONATES 1 MILLION AND ACTIVATES ITS SUPPLY CHAIN ​​IN ITALY TO HELP TACKLE THE EMERGENCY

Philip Morris Italia and Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology

  • EUR1 million

  Kenya
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD27 million (KES2.9 million)

        April 11, 2020

300,000 Liters Of Sanitizer Produced And Released For Distribution

British American Tobacco Kenya*

  • 300,000 liters of Sanitizer

  Lebanon
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD476,339 (LBP700 million)

        April 08, 2020

Tobacco and Planking”:$ 1 million to” help students abroad and to buy respirators

Tobacco and Tobacco Counting Department

  • 1M for Lebanese students

  Malaysia
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD3 million (MYR15 million)

        April 07, 2020

MyKasih Raises RM 3mil for Food Aid During MCO

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Malaysia*

  • Riased RM 3M (692,000 USD)

  Mauritania
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD38 million (MRU1.4 million)

        April 15, 2020

Mohamed Ould Bouamatou: Course of a “Jumbo”!

Mohamed Ould Bouamatou

  • USD2.5 million (FRF1.5 billion)

  Mexico
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD2 million (MXN57 million)

        May 02, 2020

REGIONAL COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY DONATED $ 58 MILLION

British American Tobacco (BAT)*

  • Raised MXN58 to provide public and private hospitals with protective equipment

  Myanmar
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD5 million (EUR4 million)

        March 26, 2020

Myanmar traditional cheroot producers association donate cash to the National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Myanmar traditional cheroot producers association

  • K 35M (USD25,000)

  Nigeria
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD2 trillion (NGN780 billion)

        March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Kwara shuts borders, fumigate markets

International Tobacco Company

  • 10,000 bottles of hand sanitisers
  • 7,400 face masks

  Philippines
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use:
USD6 billion (PHP300 billion) in 2003

        April 14 -19, 2020

LT Group extends COVID support to public hospitals

Frontlines well provisioned

Lucio Tan mobilizes P200M for war vs COVID-19

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)*

  • 40 ventilators
  • 5 PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
  • 2 ambulances
  • 1 X-ray machine
  • 4 thermal scanners
  • 159,583 Personal Protection Equipment’s (PPE)
  • 101 thermal thermometers
  • 472,064 liters of ethyl alcohol
  • 135,860 liters of beverages
  • 157,197 meal packs
  • 47,601 pieces of canned goods and snacks and coffee
  • 107, 455kg of rice

        April 16, 2020

More PEZA-registered companies donate PPEs, medical equipment, goods as ECQ nears week seven

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)*

  • Bunny suits
  • N95 and surgical masks
  • Testing kits

      April 09, 2020

PMFTC donated 50 collapsible hospital beds to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. 

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)

  • 50 collapsible hospital beds

        April 07, 2020

Ecozone locators lauded for helping Covid-19 front-liners

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

  • 20,000 face masks

        April 06, 2020

P1.8-M ventilator gidonar sa MisOr sa NMMC

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)

  • P1.8M (35,000 USD) ventilator

        April 01, 2020

E​astern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, through his Facebook account, thanked PMFTC for its donation

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)

  • 40,000 surgical mask

        April 01, 2020

Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (funded by PMFTC) distributing donations in the Philippines

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)*

  • Personal Protective Equipment (washable face mask and hand gloves)
  • Alcohol
  • Virus Blocker
  • Thermal Infrared Scanner

        March 28, 2020; April 1, 2020

PMFTC donation to the Philippines National Police. Facebook posting thanks PMFTC for their 10,000 face mask donation.

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc.’s (PMFTC)

  • 1000 coveralls
  • 3000 KN95 mask

  Romania
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD5 million (RON24 million)

        March 27, 2020

Philip Morris donates $ 1 million to Romania for the Red Cross

Philip Morris International

  • USD1 million to Romanian Red Cross

Russia
Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD33,000 (RUB2.4 million)

        June 11, 2020

KT&G Donates COVID-19 Diagnostic Kits to Russia and Turkey

South Korean tobacco company (KT&G)

  • Diagnostic kits worth 100 million won

  Senegal
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD8,000 (CFA5.5 million)

        April 15, 2020

Mohamed Ould Bouamatou: Course of a “Jumbo”!

Mohamed Ould Bouamatou

  • USD1.6 million (CFA1 billion)

  Serbia
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD2 trillion

        July 22, 2020

BAT Donates Money To Gerontology Center In Belgrade

British American Tobacco

  • donated money to the Gerontology Center in Belgrade, for the procurement of medical equipment

 South Africa
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD3 million (ZAR59 million)

        April 01, 2020

Rupert’s R1bn for Covid-19 was always a donation after all

Johann Rupert and family

  • R1bn (USD50 million)

  Turkey
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD6 million (TRY41 million)

        June 11, 2020

KT&G Donates COVID-19 Diagnostic Kits to Russia and Turkey

South Korean tobacco company (KT&G)

  • Diagnostic kits worth 100 million won

        May 11, 2020

Tobacco Companies break ban, donating Turkey’s presidential fundraising campaign

Japan Tobacco International Turkey (JTI Turkey)

  • 1 million 255 thousand TRY (USD150,000)

PHILSA Philip Morris Sabancı Cigarette and Tobacco Inc.

  • 4 million 724 thousand TRY (USD650,000) 

  Uganda
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD2 trillion (UGX7 trillion)

        April 21, 2020

Coronavirus: African govts must mobilise against tobacco industry, group urges

 

Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa

  • Shs 250M (USD70,000)

        April 11, 2020

Rwandan Tycoon Rujugiro’s Companies Donate Shs 250m to Fight COVID19 in Uganda

 

Exiled Rwandan tycoon Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa donates Shs250m ($67,000 or Rwf 63m) towards #Uganda government fund to help poorest Ugandans during #COVIDー19. Rujugiro owns Meridian Tobacco Company and others. Rwanda accuses him of being financier of Rwandan group RNC

  Ukraine
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD3 billion (UAH81 billion) in 2009

        June 09, 2020

Tobacco Firms Defend Donations

Imperial Tobacco Ukraine

  • one ventilator

        April 02, 2020

STATEMENT OF INJUSTABILITY OF “BLEACHING” TO THE REPUTATION OF TOBACCO CORPORATIONS BY STATE AUTHORITIES

Philip Morris Ukraine donates 10 million hryvnias to combat coronavirus epidemic

Philip Morris Ukraine

  • USD10 million

  USA
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD 510 million

        May 4, 2020

Good News: Amid pandemic, Louisville construction company builds homes for people in need

Altria

  • USD90,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts in Kentucky, USA

        April 16, 2020

Food bank receives $55,000 donation

Altria and its subsidiary U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company

  • USD55,000

        March 29, 2020

Ramsey e-cigarette company produced and gave away 500 gallons of hand sanitizer

Baker White Inc.

  • 500 gallons hand sanitizer

        March 20, 2020

Altria Accounces Initial $1 Million Commitment to Support Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Altria Group, Inc.

  • USD1 million

  Vietnam
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD1 million (VND24 billion) in 2011

        March 27, 2020

Vinataba supports Bach Mai Hospital in preventing and fighting Covid-19

Vinataba

  • VND300 million (USD12,788)
  • 1,000 medical protective clothes and 2 mobile disinfection chambers 

        February 29, 2020

China National Tobacco Corporation donated another 100 million yuan to help win the Hubei Defense War The tobacco industry has donated 456 million yuan to fight the epidemic

China National Tobacco Corporation

  • 456 million yuan

. Zambia
  Economic Costs of Tobacco Use: USD 2 trillion

        July 20, 2020

Chanje Thanks Govt And JTI For Investing In Community

Japan Tobacco International

  • $150,000 dollars, which is about K2.7 million, worth of Covid-19 preventative materials to 60 schools and 35 clinics in Chipangali

        June 25, 2020

JTI Donates Towards Covid-19 Fight in Eastern Province

Japan Tobacco International

  • USD 150 000 to over 60 schools and 35 clinics in Eastern Province

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