COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference (2020)

  I. Background On February 14, 2020, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme posited that smoking is a risk factor for the severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, and that the same would be expected in COVID-19, a respiratory disease.[1] To identify smokers as a potential vulnerable group for COVID-19, health experts […]

Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index (2019)

Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, a global survey of how public health policies are protected from the industry’s subversive efforts, and how governments have pushed back against this influence. The Tobacco Industry Interference Index was initiated by the South-East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) as a regional report and with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Stopping […]

Issues Concerning a Tobacco Company at an OECD Session on Integrity and Lobbying (2019)

I. Background At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) annual Integrity and Anti-Corruption Forum in Paris, France, a Philip Morris International (PMI) executive served as a panelist at a 21 March 2019 session entitled “Responsible Lobbying: Aligning Profit for Public Good.” The session details were posted on 19 March 2019. Upon learning of […]

ILO Should End Cooperation with Tobacco Industry (2018)

Tobacco industry CSR activities undermine progress on health and development and stifle the ability of tobacco workers to express their freedom to associate and bargain collectively. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the sole UN agency that still accepts sponsorship from an industry whose products kill 7 million people globally per year; instead the ILO […]