Pushback: Statements and Actions to Counter Tobacco Industry Tactics

 

A. Countering Tobacco in the News

While TII intensifies during COVID-19, various organizations have pushed back with strong statements condemning the behavior of the tobacco industry and those furthering its interests; or calling for accelerated implementation of tobacco control measures during the pandemic and in the new normal.

 

Organization/Person

Article Title

Relevant Statement

Publisher

Date

            Bangladesh

1

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Production of Tobacco Products Including Cigarettes, Temporary Suspension of Marketing: Minister of Industry

“requested the Ministry of Health and Health to temporarily suspend the production, supply, marketing and sale of tobacco products…”

Channel 24 BD

May 20, 2020

2

Bangladesh Cancer Society

20 anti-tobacco organizations demand ban on tobacco goods manufacturingsale

 

 

 

 

“Describing Tobacco goods exacerbate COVID-19 infection and are not essential commodity…”

United News of Bangladesh

April 07, 2020

3

Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP)

4

Association for Community Development (ACD)

5

Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

6

Aid Foundation

7

Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance

8

Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP)

9

Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA)

10

Grambangla Unnayan Committee

11

National Anti Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB)

12

Prattashya

13

Tobacco Control and Research Cell (TCRC)

14

National Heart Foundation

15

Dhaka Ahsania Mission

16

United Forum Against Tobacco (UFAT)

17

Tamak Birodhi Nari Jote (TABINAJ)

18

Voice

19

WBB Trust (Work for a Better Bangladesh)

20

Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA)

21

PROGGA

“Tobacco increases the likelihood of getting infected with novel coronavirus …”

            Germany

22

Prof. Thomas Münzel, first author of the review

Cigarettes and Vape Claims Corona Virus Complications Claim

“”As formulated by WHO (World Health Organization), tobacco smoking and vaping can make COVID-19 symptoms worse, than those who don’t smoke…”

DetikHealth

June 30, 2020

Vaping stiffens arteries leading to variety of health problems, study finds

“As outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco cigarette and waterpipe smoking may contribute to increased burden of symptoms due to Covid-19…”

The Irish Times

June 26, 2020

            India

23

Jayesh Joshi, secretary of the Banswara-based Vaagdhara groupurged

Voluntary groups in Rajasthan seek complete ban on tobacco products

“urged the State government to impose a permanent ban on sale of cigarettes and tobacco products…”

The Hindu

May 22, 2020

24

The Pan Merchants’ Association

“… extended its support to the demand while affirming that a blanket ban on the sale of tobacco products …”

25

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Indian Council of Medical Research”s (ICMR)

Vardhan appeals all states UTs to ban sale of tobacco productsspitting in public

“…the Minister of Health recently shed light on the dangers of tobacco consumption…”

Outlook

May 15, 2020

            Indonesia

26

Dr Feni Fitriani Taufik SpP (K)

Myth: Tobacco and Cloves Dispel Corona Virus

” The main and side smoke from cigarettes is dangerous, both for active and passive smokers…”

Republika

May 14, 2020

27

Prof. RA. Yayi Suryo Prabandari, professor of Health from the Faculty of Medicine Public Healthand Nursing (FK-KMK)

This UGM Professor said Nicotine Burning Cigarettes Is Not a Corona Virus Drug

“Prof. RA. Yayi Suryo Prabandari denied that nicotine burning cigarettes is said to be a corona virus drug . The opposite happened…”

Tribune News

April 30, 2020

28

Dr. Sumardi Sp.PD-KP

“…explained that smokers have a higher susceptibility to Covid-19 when viewed from the pathophysiological aspects…”

29

Made Kertaduana, Public health activists

“There is an industry involvement to normalize cigarettes. Maybe this situation is also a threat in the cigarette industry…”

30

The National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC)

NCTC, health groups urge Jokowi to ban smoking in COVID-19 ‘high-risk areas’

” … urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to enhance COVID-19 mitigation efforts by banning tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes …

The Jakarta Post

April 29, 2020

31

Ede Surya, Chairman, Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI)

“…despite the health risks of cigarette smoking, Indonesia still had 65.19 million smokers…”

32

Agus Dwi Susanto, Chairman,  Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI)

“Cigarette smoking can also cause [COVID-19] transmission, as the smoke spreads respiratory droplets when exhaled…”

33

Esti Nurjadin, Chairman, Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI)

“The government’s appeal to work and study from home had led to smokers smoking at home instead of at the office, which put their families at risk of inhaling secondhand smoke …”

34

Pimpinan Pusat Muhammadiyah (Dr Agus Taufiqurrahman)

Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control

“President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has been sent an appeal to urgently strengthen the response to corona virus disease in the country…”

Blitz

April 20, 2020

35

Majelis Pembina Kesehatan Umum PP Muhammadiyah – MPKU (Dr S Mohammad Agus Samsudin)

36

Ketua Perhimpunan Dokter Paru Indonesia (Dr Agus Dwi Susanto)

37

Perhimpunan Dokter Spesialis Kardiovaskular Indonesia – PERKI (Dr Usman Firdaus)

38

Perhimpunan Dokter Spesialis Penyakit Dalam Indonesia – PAPDI (Dr Sally A Nasution)

39

Pengurus Pusat Ikatan Dokter Anak Indonesia IDAI (Dr Aman B Pulungan)

40

Tim Penanganan COVID-19 RS Persahabatan (Dr Erlina Burhan)

41

Ketua Umum Ikatan Ahli Kesehatan Masyarakat JAKMI (Dr Ede Surya Darmawan)

42

No Tobacco Community – NOTC Bogor (Bambang Priyono)

43

Forum Petani Multikultur Indonesia

44

Tulus Abadi, Chairperson of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI)

YLKI Asks Cigarette Excise to Rise During Corona Virus Pandemic

“The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) asked the government to make the pandemic moment of the new Corona virus or Covid-19 to raise cigarette excise as high as possible.”

Bisnis

April 16, 2020

45

Dr. Jaka Pradipta

Dr. Jaka Pradipta: STOP Smoking and Vaping Because It Will aggravate the symptoms of COVID-19

“make this COVID-19 momentum a perfect time for you, your partners, your family and your friends to stop smoking and vaping. Do it now, don’t delay…”

Portal Islam

March 28, 2020

            Iran

46

Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association

Tobacco and Coronavirus; Statement of Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association

“several hypotheses proposed a relationship between tobacco consumption and the risk of being infected with coronavirus…”

Irianian Anti-Tobacco Association

Apriil 26, 2020

            Ireland

47

Health Service Executive

People at higher risk from coronavirus

“Smoking may increase your risk of a more severe infection from coronavirus…”

Health Service Executive

June 25, 2020

            Israel

48

Dr. Yael Bar-Zeev, Chair of the Israeli Medical Association for Smoking Cessation and Prevention

Smokers appear to be at higher risk from coronavirus – expert

“Smokers appear to be at higher risk from the coronavirus than non-smokers …”

Times of Israel

March 15, 2020

            Japan

49

Dr. Tetsuro Ishizawaa, Japan Society for Tobacco Control-approved doctor and the head of Workers Clinic Ginza in the capital’s Chuo Ward

Smoking may spread coronavirus easily make symptoms worse: Tokyo doctor

” A smoker will bring their hands up to their mouth countless times, making it easier for any viral pathogens on their hands to enter the mouth or nose…”

The Mainichi

March 31, 2020

50

Tokyo Medical Association

“… World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people not to smoke because it increases the risk of developing heavy symptoms in the event of infection…”

            Kenya

51

Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance

Press Statement: Tobacco Industry Enjoying Impunity with Government Support

“We ask the government of Kenya to fully implement the laws that we have and to enable us to guard our gains and to move forward …”

Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance

June 29, 2020

52

Dr. Rashid Arman, Ministry of Health


Ban on tobacco advertisement promotion and sponsorship should be highly observed – Dr Aman

“Ban on tobacco advertisement promotion and sponsorship under the Tobacco Control Act of 2007 …”

Daily Nation

May 31, 2020

            Lebanon

53

(K2P) Center and American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences Knowledge

Prompting Government Action
for Tobacco Control in Lebanon
during COVID-19 Pandemic

“Tobacco use increases risk of complications and severe infection from COVID-19 by 1.4-1.45 times…”

Knowledge to Policy
(K2P) Center, Beirut, Lebanon

May 19, 2020

54

The Research Group to Reduce Smoking at the American University of Beirut

American Tobacco Control Resarch Group for Reggies Donation to Fight the Epidemic: Violates Tobacco Control Agreement

“…Corona emerging: Smoking damages the human immune system and makes smokers more vulnerable to various”

NNA

April 17, 2020

            Mexico

55

Víctor George Flores

They recommend quitting tobacco use in this health contingency

“…both for those who smoke and for those who are exposed to tobacco smoke, hence the importance of leaving this practice that violates the lungs…”

Sudcaliforniano

May 28, 2020

56

Eduardo del Castillo, CODICE director

Call for greater tobacco regulation in the face of “deadly combination” with covid-19

“The electronic cigarette and any nicotine-consuming device have been subjected to very strict regulations …”

Milenio

May 22, 2020

57

Adriana Rocha, director of Civil Society at Polithink

” People with fewer resources are those who dedicate most of their income to the purchase of tobacco, displacing essential expenses…”

58

Belén Sáenz de Mieraan, academic from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur and a Just Health Researcher

” this would generate resources that are very necessary at the moment, but even more importantly, it would prevent large premature deaths by discouraging consumption and promoting cessation…”

59

Juan Núñez Guadarrama, Coordinator, Mexico Health-Talk Coalition

“A government and a society that fully understand what is happening in everyone’s life with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will be able to do  it …”

60

Érick Ochoa,  general director of Salud Justa Mx

” the new covid-19  is a dangerous and deadly virus that, combined with smoking, will increase the number of annual deaths…”

Cigarette packs will warn of the ravages of the Covid-19

“Smoking can aggravate damage by Covid- 19… “

LaJornda Baja California

May 14, 2020

The Tobacco Industry takes advantage of the pandemic despite selling a product that aggravates Covid-19 ”.

“… smoking and vaping are a risk factor that aggravates COVID-19 the tobacco industry takes advantage of the current…”

Salud Justa Mx

May 11, 2020

Pandemic: reveal that cigarette smoke can transport coronavirus

 

“…people who have cormobility derived from the use of cigarettes and smokers should stop this addiction”

Head Topics Argentina

March 24, 2020

61

México Salud-Hable Coalition

62

Javier Zúñiga, lawyer

Tobacco companies take advantage of # QuédateEnCasa to promote their “smoke-free” products whose effects are not proven – violating Mexican laws and ignoring the WHO

“… Advertising, promotion and sponsorship is equated with tobacco products, and is prohibited…”

Business Insider Mexcio

April 28, 2020

63

Dr. Guadalupe Ponciano, Director, Tobacco Research and Prevention Program at the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM.

“The symptoms of coronavirus disease are no different in smokers, what does happen is that it can be much more serious…”

64

Emanuel Vega Sánchez, Pulmonologist

“…explained that smokers upon arrival at the hospital are those who “they get more serious. ””

65

Jorge Cárdenas, teacher, International Union against Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases

“tobacco companies are corporate entities that, despite having legal activity, behave in contradiction with the agenda of human rights and sustainable development goals…”

66

Salud Justa Mx

SMOKING AND VAPPING INCREASE THE RISK OF COMPLICATIONS BY CORONAVIRUSES

“… smoking or vaping and COVID-19 it is proven that such practices affect the immune system which must be strong to survive the coronavirus”

Medicable

March 24, 2020

67

The National Commission against Addictions (Conadic)

“the Covid-19 was “particularly dangerous” for smokers, especially those who “smoke tobacco, marijuana, or vape.”

68

Daniel Alberto Díaz Martínez, Secretary, Health of Guanajuato

Smokers, sector vulnerable to Coronavirus

” highlighted that the population of smokers was also at a significant risk of contagion…”

Notus

March 20, 2020

            Nigeria

69

Hilda Ochefu

Nigeria: Tobacco Control Campaign During a Pandemic – Lessons and Opportunities

“… The current pandemic calls for continued vigilance by advocates…”

All Africa

May 21, 2020

70

Bernadette Chime

COVID 19: For The Tobacco Industry About Profit

“… It cannot be good for non-smokers; same way it is not for smokers that researchers say are much more likely to progress to the severe stage of COVID-19…”

Leadership

May 13, 2020

71

Laurent Huber, Executive Director, Actions on Smoking in Health

Tobacco watchdogs express COVID-19 related concerns in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Indonesia

“By putting their employees and, by extension the rest of the population, at greater risk from coronavirus…”

EnviroNews Nigeria

May 08, 2020

            Pakistan

72

Ahad Ali Awan

Tax tobacco, save lives

“… smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with Covid-19 as compared to non-smokers…”

Daily Times

June 12, 2020

73

Khurram Hashmi, the National Coordinator of CTC-Pak

CTC resents tobacco industry’s deceptive ploys

 “The aggressive campaign by the tobacco industry to take attention away from the real and dangerous problem of smoking …”

The International News

May 31, 2020

74

Azhar Saleem, CEO Human Development Foundation (HDF)

Tobacco industry targeting vulnerable communities in times of Covid-19 pandemic

“… urged the government on behalf of tobacco control activists to take strict actions against tobacco industry and ban the sale of tobacco products…”

Pakistan Observer

May 07, 2020

            Russia

75

Alexander Palman, pulmonologist, first Sechenov Moscow State Medical University,

Russian doctor debunked smoking myth associated with coronavirus

“Today, the position of medicine is as follows: quit smoking at the same time…”

Time BoaltaeW

June 23, 2020

76

Alexei Nemeryuk, first deputy head of the apparatus of the mayor and government of Moscow, the head of the department of trade and services

Moscow authorities said that the ban on smoking hookahs in cafes will continue after they open

“…In accordance with the decree of the mayor, the established ban on smoking hookahs in restaurants, bars, cafes and other public places is maintained”

Tass

June 09, 2020

            South Africa

77

Dr Elijah Doro, a post-doctoral fellow in the history department at Stellenbosch University

 

COVID must frame new conversation on SA tobacco regulation

“desperate attempt to frame the debate in terms of smokers’ personal choices and the ban as a violation of the social contract…”

Medical Brief

July 01, 2020

78

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of co-operative governance & traditional affairs

This is why we banned cigarette sales: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma tells court
Government wants 100% smoking ban in public areas
Why the cigarette ban during lockdown? Five medical experts weigh in

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has since announced that cigarettes will remain banned under level 3 of the lockdown, which starts on June 1…”

Sunday Times

May 27, 2020

79

Professor Keertan Dheda, Head of Division of Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town

Why the cigarette ban during lockdown? Five medical experts weigh in

“…smoking is associated with chronic lung and heart disease – which are major risk factors for worse outcomes in patients with Covid-19”

Health24

April 24, 2020

80

Associate Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, Consultant Pulmonologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town

“Not smoking at this time or stopping smoking is a very good option, always – but especially at this time”

81

Professor Sean Wasserman, Infectious Diseases Specialist at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town

“… the incremental benefit of smoking bans may not outweigh the potential harms…”

82

Professor Wolfgang Preiser, Head of the Division of Medical Virology at the University of Stellenbosch

“Smoking is probably a risk factor for more severe Covid-19, …”

83

Professor Shaheen Mehtar, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Specialist at Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch University

“… If adults understand the risk of sharing cigarettes, I am sure they will try to avoid getting infected”

84

Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry

“Traders will be limited ‘only to sell the essential good that are set out in the regulations’…”

85

National Council Against Smoking (NCAS)

Smoking Associated with worse COVID – 19 Symptoms and Outcomes

“… smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke though do not cause COVID-19 still increase people’s vulnerability to infection…”

National Smoking Against Smoking

 

            South Korea

86

The Republic of South Korea

South Korea incorporates smoking and obesity into high-risk population of new coronary pneumonia

“South Korean epidemic prevention authorities included smoking and obesity into the “high-risk population” of new coronary pneumonia.”

Tobacco China

May 07, 2020

            Sri Lanka

87

Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa, Chairman of National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA)

Hold tobacco industry accountable for the harm caused by COVID-19

“…the Minister of Health recently shed light on the dangers of tobacco consumption…”

Daily Mirror

April 18, 2020

            Switzerland

88

Yannick Romero, Union for International Cancer Control

‘Corona-washing’: How the tobacco industry is advancing its interests in the midst of the pandemic

“… warned against smoking as well as vaping as these can increase the risk of developing serious symptoms if coronavirus is contra”

Union for International Cancer Control

April 17, 2020

            Uganda

89

Uganda National Health Consumers Organization

Petition to the COVID-19 National Task-force: Government has a Duty to Protect Public Health Laws and Policies from Commercial and Other Vested Interests of the Tobacco Industry

“Under the WHO’s framework convention on tobacco control Uganda is not supposed to deal with the tobacco industry…”

Uganda National Health Consumers Organization

April 15, 2020

            United Kingdom

90

Dr. Nick Hopkinson, the chairman of Action campaign on Smoking & Health (Ash)

More than 300,000 UK smokers may have quit owing to Covid-19 fears

“Evidence is growing that smoking is associated with worse outcomes in those admitted to hospital with Covid-19.”

The Guardian

May 04, 2020

91

Ruth Tennant, the tobacco lead for the Association of Directors of Public Health

“There are so many reasons to quit smoking but never a more important time than right now during the coronavirus pandemic.”

92

Dr. Charlie Kenward, GP from Bristol Cllr

“Stopping smoking remains the single biggest thing people can do to improve their overall health…”

93

Ian Hudspeth,  community wellbeing board chairman at the Local Government Association

“Councils can help the government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030…”

            USA

94

Dr. Jamie Garfield, a lung care doctor in Philadelphia and volunteer spokesperson for the American Lung Association

Knowing Evali, Lung Problems Due to Vape with Similar Symptoms of Covid-19

“Vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking. Whatever you put in your lungs aside from clean air can increase your risk of lung injury,”

Suara

July 1, 2020

95

Dr. Michael Matthay, the associate director of critical care medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Coronavirus: Does smoking vaping increase your risk of contracting COVID-19

“…cigarette smoking and vaping will increase the risk of coronavirus pneumonia and increase its severity…”

Independent

May 20, 2020

96

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)

“…compromised lung function or lung disease related to smoking history…could put people at risk for serious complications of Covid-19″

97

Vito Grasso, EVP New York State Academy of Family Physicians

NYSAFP: Ban Tobacco/Vaping Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

“A ban on the sale of smoking and vaping products would help reduce these dangerous practices generally …”

American Academy of Famliy Physicians

April 07, 2020

98

Barbara Keber, M.D., president of NYSAFP

“It is critical for the state and medical community to take actions to prevent our youth from ever using these highly addictive, deadly products…”

99

Jason Matuszak, M.D., president-elect of the NYSAFP

“Since smoking has been a demonstrated risk factor for COVID-19 disease progression, which leads to increased use of medical services…”

100

Bonnie Hackbarth, vice president of external affairs for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Anti-smoking group pleased with tax on e-cigarette products

“Officials with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are pleased with a provision in the state budget that places a new excise tax on e-cigarette pods.”

Messenger Inquirer

April 05, 2020

101

Ben Chandler, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky president and CEO

“…inhaling toxins that are shown to damage the lungs puts these kids and every other smoker and vaper in the commonwealth at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19”

102

Chris Owens, director of St. Joseph’s Health CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems

Health Experts Say Smoking and Vaping Increase Risk of Catching Coronavirus

“Their lungs are comprised because of their tobacco use. We also know the coronavirus tends to target the respiratory system.”

Spectrum Local News

March 29, 2020

103

Erik Boergesson, director of St. Joseph’s Health CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems

“There’s chronic changes that smoking does to the lungs. And also the acute changes you get from smoking — just the chemicals in the cigarette smoke…”

104

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Watch live: New York officials hold press conference on state’s first coronavirus case

“‘…If you are a smoker or a vaper this is a very good time to stop that habit and we will help you.’”

CNBC

March 02, 2020

105

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, professor of pediatrics at Stanford University

Here’s how that rumor that smokers can’t get COVID-19 got started


 

“a careful review of the data [from the French study] instead reveals the findings are more likely due to statistical flaws and sampling error…”

 

Salon


 

May 13, 2020

 

106

John Maa, M.D., past-president at San Francisco Marin Medical Society

            Vietnam

107

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue – Director of Administration of Health Care, Director of the Tobacco Control Fund (Ministry of Health)

Smoking may increase the risk of COVID-19

“…smokers are susceptible to bacterial and viral pneumonia, including COVID-19”

Bao Vinh Long

June 30, 2020

            Zimbabwe

108

National Union for Tobacco Industry and Allied Trades

Tobacco watchdogs express COVID-19 related concerns in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Indonesia

“demanded annual tobacco auctions be suspended while the country was in a national lockdown.”

EnviroNews Nigeria

May 08, 2020

            Zambia

109

Chileshe Mange, CTPD Researcher

Zero-tolerance on tobacco consumption particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic gets support

“…urged the government to enhance enforcement of existing legislation which prohibits smoking in public places…”

Lusakatimes

April 08, 2020

 

 

B. Countering Tobacco Tactics in Statements and Letters

Public health advocates from across the world have exposed the tobacco industry’s tactics during COVID-19 and called for change. Tobacco industry and those furthering its interests have marketed their products, lobbied for the relaxation of  tobacco control measures, promoted misleading information on COVID-19 and smoking/ vaping,/ nicotine, and  publicized its so-called CSR or token donations or utilized the same to access policymakers.

 

Country

Organization/Person

Audience/Platform

Date

1

Australia

Australian Health Promotion Association1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

2

Australia

Cancer Council Victoria1  

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

3

Australia

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

4

Australia

Menzies School of Health Research1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

5

Australia

University of Sydney – School of Public Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

6

Australia

Curtin University1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

7

Australia

Journal of Smoking Cessation (Cambridge University Press) / Adjunct Associate ProfessorUniversity of Notre Dame Australia1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

8

Australia

 University of South Australia 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

9

Australia

Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

10

Australia

David Thomas, Professor and Head of Tobacco Control Research, Menzies School of Health Research1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

11

Australia

Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney – School of Public Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

12

Australia

Mike Daube, Emeritus Professor, Curtin University1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

13

Australia

Renne Bittoun, Tobacco Treatment Specialist / Founding Editor in Chief, Journal of Smoking Cessation (Cambridge University Press) / Adjunct Associate ProfessorUniversity of Notre Dame Australia1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

14

Australia

Sharon Lawn, Professor & Director, University of South Australia 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

15

Austria

Austrian Council on Smoking and Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

16

Bangladesh

Grambangla Unnayan Committee (GUC) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

17

Bangladesh

Pratyasha Anti-Drugs Club1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

18

Belgium

Smoke Free Partnership1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

19

Belgium

Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) 1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

20

Belgium

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention – ENSP1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

21

Brazil

University of Sao Paulo1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

22

Brazil

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

23

Brazil

Melissa Mialon PhD in nutrition BSc in food science and engineering, University of Sao Paulo1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

24

Brazil

Silvana Rubano Turci, Coordinator, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

25

Bulgaria

Smoke-Free Bulgaria Association1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

26

Bulgaria

BlueLink Foundation1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

27

Bulgaria

Smoke Free Life Coalition1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

28

Colombia

Red PaPaz Sede Nacional1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

29

Finland

ASH Finland1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

30

Global

Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP)3

policymakers/governments

June 8, 2020

31

Hong Kong

Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

32

India

Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Studies in Rural Development1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

33

India

Gramin Vikas Sewa Samiti1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

34

India

MANT (Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

35

India

Marathwada Gramin Vikas Sanstha1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

36

India

PRASAR1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

37

India

SGSS1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

38

India

Balajee Sewa Sansthan1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

39

India

Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

40

India

Mira B. Aghi, Consultant, Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

41

Indonesia

National Committee on Tobacco Control1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

42

Indonesia

FCTC for Indonesia1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

43

Indonesia

Lentera Anak Foundation1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

44

Ireland

ASH Ireland, Council of the Irish Heart Foundation1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

45

Israel

Smoke Free Israel1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

46

Israel

Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

47

Israel

Tel Aviv University1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

48

Israel

Laura Rosen, Professor, Tel Aviv University1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

49

Italy

Department of Environmental Health Sciences – Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

50

Italy

Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

51

Italy

Alessandra LugoPhD, Department of Environmental Health Sciences – Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

52

Italy

Silvano Gallus, Head, Laboratory of Lifestyle Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

53

Japan

Tobacco-Free Advocacy Japan (TFAJ) 1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

54

Japan

NPO Tobacco-Free Advocacy Japan (TFAJ) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

55

Kazakhstan

National Coalition “For smoke-free Kazakstan” 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

56

Lebanon

The American University of Beirut, in the person of its president, Professor Faddoul Khoury4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

57

Lebanon

St. Joseph University in the person of its President, Professor Salim Dakkash4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

58

Lebanon

The Antonine University, in the person of its President, Father Professor Michel Jalakh4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

59

Lebanon

The Lebanese American University in the person of its President, Professor Michel Moawad4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

60

Lebanon

The Syndicate of Doctors in Lebanon, in the person of Captain Professor Sharaf Abu Sharaf4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

61

Lebanon

Syndicate of nurses in the person of Captain Mirna Doumit4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

62

Lebanon

The Engineers Syndicate, in the person of Captain Gad Tabet4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

63

Lebanon

The Beirut Bar in the person of Captain Mahalam Khalaf4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

64

Lebanon

Syndicate of specialists in social work in Lebanon in the person of Captain Nadia Badran4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

65

Lebanon

College of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut-Center for Policy4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

66

Lebanon

Rationalization at the American University of Beirut4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

67

Lebanon

Campaign 174 to implement the smoke-free law4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

68

Lebanon

WHO Knowledge Center on Hookah Smoking4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

69

Lebanon

Research group to reduce smoking at the American University of Beirut4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

70

Lebanon

Lebanese Thoracic Society4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

71

Lebanon

The Lebanese Association of Malignant Swelling Doctors4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

72

Lebanon

Lebanese Association for Family Medicine4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

73

Lebanon

Lebanese Association for Obstetrics and Gynecology4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

74

Lebanon

Lebanese Pathology Society4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

75

Lebanon

The smoking cessation program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

76

Lebanon

Smoking cessation center at Hotel Dieu Hospital4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

77

Lebanon

The General Secretariat of the Catholic Schools4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

78

Lebanon

Association of Evangelical Schools in Lebanon4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

79

Lebanon

Free Life Association without smoking4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

80

Lebanon

Earth Association – Lebanon4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

81

Lebanon

The Boecker Foundation4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

82

Lebanon

European Furniture Traders and Importers Association4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

83

Lebanon

Carla Khairallah, Theater Professor4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

84

Lebanon

Ferial Khoury4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

85

Lebanon

Nadine Asaad Zayour, General Health Nutritionist4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

86

Lebanon

Anastasia Salama, pharmacist4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

87

Lebanon

Nour Al-Bedawi: A student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

88

Lebanon

Othman Jamal, Projects Coordinator, Cayan Foundation4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

89

Lebanon

Mahmoud Kanso, a student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

90

Lebanon

Maryam Rizk, a student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

91

Lebanon

Khaled Araji, a student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

92

Lebanon

Bassam Nasser, a student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

93

Lebanon

Zainab Awad, a student4

 

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

94

Lebanon

Dr. Zeina Aoun, President of the Lebanese Thoracic Society and director of the Smoking Cessation Center at Hotel Dieu Hospital4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

95

Lebanon

Mona Ghattas4

policymakers/governments

June 12, 2020

96

Malaysia

MyWATCH, Malaysia Women Action for Tobacco Control and Health 1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

97

Malaysia

Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

98

Malaysia

Malaysian Medical Association1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

99

Malaysia

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

100

Malaysia

Malaysian Green Lung Association1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

101

Malaysia

Smoke Free Kuala Lumpur (KLBAR) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

102

Malaysia

Yong Check Yoon, Independent researcher1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

103

Netherlands

Dutch Alliance for a Smokefree Society1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

104

New Zealand

Population Nutrition and Global HealthUniversity of Auckland1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

105

New Zealand

University of Otago1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

106

New Zealand

Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, Population Nutrition and Global HealthUniversity of Auckland1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

107

New Zealand

Janet Hoek, Professor of Public Health and Marketing, University of Otago1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

108

Norway

Norwegian Cancer Society1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

109

Philippines

Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

110

Philippines

Philippine Pediatric SocietyInc. 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

111

Philippines

University of the Philippines Manila – College of Public HealthPhilippines1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

112

Philippines

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

113

Philippines

Buenalyn Teresita Ramos-Mortel MD , University of the Philippines Manila – College of Public HealthPhilippines1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

114

Philippines

Godwin Aja, Professor, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

115

Poland

Health Promotion Foundation1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

116

Portugal

Portuguese Confederation of Tobacco Prevention1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

117

Portugal

Portuguese NGO Movement for Tobacco Control1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

118

Spain

Nofumadores.org (non-smokers.org) 1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

119

Spain

Comité Nacional para la Prevención del Tabaquismo (CNPT) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

120

Spain

FAECAP Federation of Family and Community Nursing Associations1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

121

Spain

GAT SEMFYC (Family Doctors) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

122

Spain

Sociedad Española de Espacialistas en Tabaquismo (SEDET) 1  

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

123

Portugal

Center for Advocacy, Treatment and Recovery1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

124

Spain

Spanish Heart Foundation1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

125

Sri Lanka

Centre for Combating Tobacco1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

126

Sri Lanka

Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

127

Sri Lanka

University of Colombo1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

128

Sri Lanka

H. R. Prabath Hewasundara, University of Colombo1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

129

Switzerland

World Heart Federation1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

130

Switzerland

OxySuisse1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

131

Tanzania

Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

132

Thailand

Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC)a partner in STOP1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

133

Ukraine

Advocacy Center “LIFE” 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

134

United Kingdom

Tobacco Control Research Group University of Bath a  partner in STOP1

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

135

United Kingdom

NCD Alliance1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

136

United Kingdom

ASH Scotland1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

137

United Kingdom

Fresh (Making Smoking History) 1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

138

United Kingdom

Public HealthKings College London1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

139

United Kingdom

University of Bath1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

140

United Kingdom

University of Edinburgh1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

141

United Kingdom

Cambridge1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

142

United Kingdom

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

143

United Kingdom

Group for Research on Inequalities and Tobacco ControlUniversity of Edinburgh1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

144

United Kingdom

 Tobacco Industry watcher1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

145

United Kingdom

Institute of Psychology Health & Society1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

146

United Kingdom

University of Bristol1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

147

United Kingdom

Alan Maryon-Davis, Honorary Professor of Public Health, Public Health Kings College London1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

148

United Kingdom

Harry Rutter, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Bath1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

149

United Kingdom

Jamie Pearce, Professor of Health Geography, University of Edinburgh1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

150

United Kingdom

Jim McCambrige, Professor, Cambridge1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

151

United Kingdom

Mark Petticrew, Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

152

United Kingdom

Amanda Amos, Convenor, Group for Research on Inequalities and Tobacco ControlUniversity of Edinburgh1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

153

United Kingdom

 Norbert Hirschhorn, Tobacco Industry watcher, Tobacco Industry watcher1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

154

United Kingdom

Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Institute of Psychology Health & Society1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

155

United Kingdom

Stephan Lewandowsky, Professor, University of Bristol1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

156

United Kingdom

Sarah Hill, Senior Lecturer, Global Health Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

157

United Kingdom

Tony Jewell, Retired Chief Medical Officer for Wales1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

158

USA

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH US) 1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

159

USA

Corporate Accountability1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

160

USA

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease a partner in STOP1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

161

USA

Vital Strategies1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

162

USA

Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

163

USA

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, a program of Hawaii Public Health Institute1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

164

USA

University of California1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

165

USA

University of California San Francisco – Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

166

USA

Ruth E. Malone, Professor of Nursing and Health Policy / Editor-in-Chief, Tobacco Control, University of California1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

167

USA

Stanton A. Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director, University of California San Francisco – Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education1 2

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

168

Vietnam

HealthBridge Foundation of Canada Vietnam Office1

policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

169

Zambia

Tobacco – Free Association of Zambia

United Nations Secretary General and policymakers/governments

May 15, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

1Letter to the Delegates of the 73rd World Health Assembly

2 An Open Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nation

3As Costs Pile Up for COVID-19, Tobacco Companies Should Be Held Accountable for Smoking-Related Health Harms

4 Open Letter: Continue to implement the decision to prevent the hookah in public places