Post ILO: Whole-of-government must implement Article 5.3

In October 2018, the International Labour Organization (ILO) decided at its recent governing body (GB) meeting in Geneva that they will no longer rely on funding from tobacco industry and ancillary groups that receive tobacco industry funds. Civil society welcomed this development as a step in the right direction. There is still some work to […]

COP8: Regulate heated tobacco products

By Mary Assunta The transnational tobacco companies (TTC) are running a global marketing campaign pushing their heated tobacco products as safer alternatives to smoking and reframing their image to belong to the harm reduction family. Philip Morris International (PMI) launched its heated tobacco product, IQOS and claims to be going “smoke-free”, confusing and confounding the […]

In Loving Memory

Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi, Former Head of Delegation from Uganda A respected voice for all Africa during COP A staunch tobacco control Ministry of Health official lost to cancer. The painful news came on August 25, 2018, a little more than a month short of the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP). COP observers and […]

Cozying-up in Switzerland – PMI-funded foundation’s Swiss branch

Consistent with the dual US-Swiss identity of Philip Morris International (PMI), the entity it funds, Foundation for Smoke-free World (Foundation), a USA registered group is now opening a branch in Switzerland. In June, the Foundation announced that it will be setting up a branch in Switzerland, where PMI’s business is registered. PMI already funds about […]

STOP Tobacco Industry Targeting Youth

By: Dr. Mary Assunta Head of Global Research and Advocacy Email: mary@ggtc.world Michael Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Bloomberg Philanthropies Founder fired a salvo, “When I was a kid, tobacco advertisement often featured fake doctors selling the health benefits of cigarettes. Today, tobacco companies are still hiding the truth about their deadly […]