Tobacco industry has least influence on the UK, watchdog ranking reveals

10 October 2019Sarah Newey The first ever global index to track tobacco industry influence over public health policy has revealed that the UK is a world leader in efforts to curtail undue meddling. According to the report, published by the industry watchdog Stop (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products), the UK, Uganda, Iran and Kenya are the most […]

E-Cigarettes: Tobacco industry misinformation on e-cigarettes, a ‘real threat’, says WHO

1 August 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that e-cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful”, and warned that misinformation spread by the tobacco industry in claiming that they are “safer” constitute “a present and real threat” to public health. The tobacco industry has been aggressively marketing e-cigarettes as a less dangerous alternative to traditional cigarettes […]

Tobacco Ban on Facebook/Instagram must meet global standards

July 25 2019 – GGTC welcomes the Facebook / Instagram policy prohibiting users and groups from selling, transferring or gifting tobacco products including hookah, e-cigarettes, and tobacco paraphernalia; but finds that the policy falls short of global tobacco treaty standards. Based on the updated policy, tobacco companies and social influencers can still advertise “to those […]

Tobacco Grants returned by Bangladesh NGO BRAC

August 14 2019 – On July 31, Bangladeshi tobacco control advocates announced that BRAC, a world-leading non-government organization (NGO) from Bangladesh, has returned funds worth USD 64,151 that they had received as a grant from the Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World (FSFW). The tobacco control NGO PROGGA states that “The moral stand […]

Health Groups: “Protect UN/ SDGs from Tobacco Industry”

July 20 2019 On 19 July 2019, Stopping Tobacco Organizations & Products (STOP) , a global watchdog, joined the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) in  issuing a letter asking the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) to reject a note that sought a […]

Philip Morris funded Foundation is more PR than research acc to Tobacco Watchdog

June 12 2019: The first analysis of the 2018 tax return of the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), revealed that most of the Foundation’s funding activities have gone more into public relations (PR) than into scientific researches; and that the “it is essentially working as a front group for PMI, serving as […]

More than 100 organisations call on ILO not to renew tobacco industry contracts

Framework Convention Alliance Press Release 130 public health and sustainable development organizations from more than 60 countries have called on the International Labour Organization (ILO) not to renew or extend contracts that currently tie the ILO to an industry whose products kill more than 7 million people each year. Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) cautions the ILO against […]

No Takers for Philip Morris’ Foundation for Smoke Free World Event

4 July 2019, Bangkok – The Foundation for Smoke Free World (FSFW)-backed event called Smoke Free Dialogue in Bangkok being convened by SustainAbility in Bangkok had been cancelled because “few attendees confirmed”, according to the organizers’ response to invitees. Prof. Prakit Vatheesatogkit, President of ASH Thailand, explained that the academic community in Bangkok had already […]