Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19 (2020)

The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, human rights violations, and more. Frequently Asked Questions Summary The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, child labor, […]

Fiscal Versus Social Responsibility: How Philip Morris Shaped the Public Funds Divestment Debate (2006)

Authors: Nathaniel Wander and  Ruth E Malone Abstract Calls for institutional investors to divest (sell off) tobacco stocks threaten the industry’s share values, publicise its bad behaviour, and label it as a politically unacceptable ally. US tobacco control advocates began urging government investment and pension funds to divest as a matter of responsible social policy in 1990. […]

Tobacco Control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: The Urgent Requirement for Action (2020)

Authors: Jawad Al-Lawati and Judith Mackay The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic, and contains measures to reduce the demand for tobacco as well as reducing its production, distribution, availability and supply. Currently, 19 of the 22 Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries are […]

Model Policy for Agencies of the United Nations System on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference (2017)

Purpose The purpose of this policy is to ensure that efforts to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry are comprehensive, effective and consistent across the United Nations system including the UN itself and its funds, programmes, specialized agencies, other entities and related organizations (hereinafter referred to as “the […]

The Secrets of the World’s Biggest Tobacco Company: The Philip Morris Files

Part 1: Treaty Blitz Philip Morris International is using its vast resources against efforts to reduce smoking. Internal company documents reveal details of the secretive operation. Part 2: Marlboro Country The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is marketing cigarettes in India in ways that government officials say violate the country’s anti-smoking laws. F Part 3: […]

Complaint to the European Ombudsman (2014)

This is a complaint about the European Commission’s failure to properly implement the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 and the accompanying guidelines. Article 5.3 states that decision-makers should “. . . act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance […]

“A phony way to show sincerity, as we all well know”: tobacco industry lobbying against tobacco control in Hong Kong (2004)

Authors: John Knight and Simon Chapman Abstract Objective: To examine the tobacco industry’s efforts to influence public policy and block the legislative process on tobacco control in Hong Kong, 1973 to 1997. Method: Systematic review of relevant tobacco industry documents made public via the Master Settlement Agreement. Results: The tobacco industry in Hong Kong has sought to manipulate the policymaking […]

Industry Sponsored Youth Smoking Prevention Programme in Malaysia: A Case Study in Duplicity (2004)

Authors: Mary Assunta and Simon Chapman Abstract Objective: To review tobacco company strategies of using youth smoking prevention programmes to counteract the Malaysian government’s tobacco control legislation and efforts in conducting research on youth to market to them. Methods: Systematic keyword and opportunistic website searches of formerly private internal industry documents. Search terms included Malay, cmtm, jaycees, YAS, and direct […]

“Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire”: A Content Analysis of Print and Web-Based News Media Reporting of the Philip Morris–Funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2019)

Authors: Christina Watts and Becky Freeman Abstract Background: In September 2017, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW), a not-for-profit organization with a core purpose “to accelerate global efforts to reduce deaths and harm from smoking” was launched. However, the legitimacy of the FSFW’s vision has been questioned by experts in tobacco control because of the organization’s only […]