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Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising “healthier” tobacco products or face legal action

18 July 2018: he Government will take one of the world’s largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said. Yesterday the Department of Health sent a formal order to Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, telling it to remove poster adverts for “healthier” tobacco […]

World’s biggest tobacco firm under fire over ‘disgraceful’ PR stunt

19 July 2018: NHS staff told to reject offer by makers of Marlboro cigarettes to help them quit smoking The world’s biggest tobacco firm has been accused of staging “a disgraceful PR stunt” by offering to help NHS staff quit smoking to help mark the service’s 70th birthday. Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is under […]

Minister snubs tobacco firm on meeting to discuss vaping

3 June 2018: Evidence on long-term safety of vaping not yet established, Minister tells JTI Ireland Ireland’s largest tobacco brand was snubbed by junior health minister Catherine Byrne when it sought a meeting to promote its vaping business in the Irish market. Japan Tobacco Ireland controls more than half the Irish tobacco market though brands such as Benson & […]

WTO Tobacco Ruling Opens Door to New Plain-Packaging Laws

By Bryce Baschuk The World Trade Organization upheld Australia’s right to require cigarettes to be sold in plain packs without any logos in a landmark case that could usher in a new wave of global tobacco restrictions. A panel of dispute-settlement experts backed the legality of Australia’s 2011 measure June 28. Australia requires tobacco companies to […]

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is live!

Press release 28 JUNE 2018 | GENEVA – Yesterday, 27 June 2018, the conditions for the entry into force of the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO FCTC were met, paving the way to eliminate illicit trade of tobacco products The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is pleased […]


Hijacking “Sustainability” from the SDGs: Review of Tobacco-Related CSR Activities in the ASEAN Region 2017 The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in September 2015 requires governments to mobilize efforts and partner with different stakeholders to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle […]

Front Group

Tobacco Industry Supporters and Partners in the ASEAN Region Tobacco industry (TI) supporters and partners in the ASEAN region include: advertising / PR companies; front groups; lawyers and law firms; public officials; recipients of TI corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding; research institutions and researchers; and, tobacco leaf traders.

TI Profiles

Tobacco Industry Market Share in the ASEAN Region 2017 Information on main tobacco companies operating in each ASEAN country and their cigarette market share A Snapshot of the Tobacco Industry in the ASEAN Region 2017 The snapshot provides quick facts on the main tobacco companies operating in the ASEAN region. The world’s top three (3) […]

Cabo Verde had released a brochure on civil servants’ responsibilities under Article 5.3

Cabo Verde had released a brochure (Portuguese) to alert civil servants about their responsibilities under Article 5.3. The brochure refers to the eight principles of Article 5.3 and the effects of tobacco use on society. It highlights how the tobacco companies are listed in the same category as chemical weapons, biological and nuclear weapons. The […]