The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses (2020)

Executive Summary Tobacco use carries risk of COVID-19 transmission and leads to worse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 also endangers those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for which smoking is a major risk factor. Life-saving tobacco control measures that urge smokers to quit would not only address the tobacco epidemic, but also reduce the burden […]

Tobacco Industry: Manipulating the Youth into a Lifelong Addiction (2020)

The tobacco industry causes a net loss to the global economy, annually costing USD 1.4 trillion in economic losses[1] and killing 8 million people; with a disproportionate impact in developing nations as over 80% of the 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).[2] Investment analysts estimate that the industry creates at least […]

Letter to the Delegates of the 73rd World Health Assembly (2020)

15 May 2020Delegates of the 73rd World Health AssemblyUnited Nations HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland To the Distinguished Delegates of the Seventy-third World Health Assembly: On behalf of civil societies working in tobacco control, we express our highest regard for your commitment and solidarity in addressing global health governance during a tremendously difficult time. We welcome the WHA draft […]

Defending Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy Implementation in Nepal From Tobacco Industry Interference (2011–2018) (2020)

Authors: Dharma N Bhatta et al. Abstract IntroductionNepal passed a comprehensive tobacco control law in 2011. Tobacco control advocates successfully countered tobacco industry (TI) interference to force implementation of law. Aims and MethodsPolicy documents, news stories, and key informant interviews were triangulated and interpreted using the Policy Dystopia Model (PDM). ResultsThe TI tried to block […]

GGTC to UN: Fight tobacco industry “misinfodemic”

May 5, 2020Bangkok, Thailand The Global Center for Good Governance supports the call to the United Nations (UN) to include the tobacco industry misinformation in the efforts to battle the COVID-19 “misinfodemic.” The call is embodied in a letter dated April 30, 2020 wherein 52 public health movers from all over the world, wrote to […]

Tobacco control during the COVID-19 pandemic: how we can help

Statement from the Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo | 4 May 2020 Today, we are facing a devastating global pandemic caused by a virus that – in just four months – has been responsible for more than 3 million confirmed cases and some 240 000 deaths. To control the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

An Open Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations (2020)

30 April 2020 Secretary General António Guterres UNITED NATIONS New York, NY 10027 Dear Secretary General Guterres: The tobacco control community stands with you in your commitment to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 towards “a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable economy, guided by our shared promise —the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” We applaud your […]