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 […]

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 […]