Over 100 health organisations urge WHO to reject Philip Morris International-led body’s appeal to collaborate on tobacco control

New Delhi: Public health experts from over 100 organisations around the world on Tuesday urged the World Health Organisation Executive Board (WHO-EB) to reject a Philip Morris International-funded foundation’s appeal to the global health body to collaborate on tobacco control policies. To do so would depart from WHO’s strict longstanding policy of not working with the tobacco industry, whose business practices have been proven to be contradictory with […]

How tobacco industry donations cloud debates over cigarette controls

Free-market thinktanks from Malaysia to Chile and Australia received funding from the industry alongside governments as they argued against tobacco controls Smoking kills more than 27,200 Malaysians every year. In March 2017, Malaysia’s health ministry hoped to reduce that grim tally by floating a plan to sharply increase cigarettes taxes as recommended by the World Health Organization […]

Revealed: the free-market groups

More than 100 free-market thinktanks from North America to Europe and south Asia took positions helpful to the tobacco industry or donations, Guardian investigation shows Free-market thinktanks around the world provide a powerful voice of support to cigarette manufacturers in battles against tougher regulations, a Guardian investigation shows. The tobacco industry has long been treated […]

Scientists Are Rejecting Massive Amounts Of Money For Research From The Tobacco Industry

Scientists don’t want tobacco industry funds to touch their work. Multiple Australian researchers have asserted that they will not accept funding or support from a tobacco industry–funded research organisation in an editorial published today. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) is an international research organisation that was established in September 2017. It says its aim is to “fund […]

E-cigarettes—new product, old tricks

Tobacco smoking cessation represents one of the most successful public health initiatives in the world, with smoking prevalence at its lowest during the past decade according to recent WHO estimates. However, since the introduction of e-cigarettes in 2003, marketed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco, what should have simply been an effective tool for tobacco […]

WHO vows tighter, broader actions against tobacco, industry interference

Editor: Mu Xuequan Xinhua GENEVA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. The strategy, titled the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), aims to strengthen […]

COP8 adopts important decision on WHO FCTC Article 5.3

On 6 October 2018, the eighth session of the WHO FCTC (COP8) adopted important decision that will strengthen the implementation of Article 5.3 and protect public health measures from tobacco industry interference. Among the issues included in this decision are: to foster international cooperation by requiring the tobacco industry to provide information on its activities […]

Side event on tackling tobacco industry interference held at COP8

Delegates from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Thailand, in collaboration with the Corporate Accountability and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), organized a side event on “Impact of industry influence and how we can counter […]