From a potential vaccine to millionaire donations: The active role of tobacco companies in times of coronavirus

April 27, 2020 Philip Morris International committed more than US $ 24 million to support actions against the pandemic, financing NGOs. A British American Tobacco subsidiary, meanwhile, is in the clinical testing stage of a possible vaccine. Read more: LATERCERA

NYSAFP: Ban Tobacco/Vaping Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020 When Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s so-called New York State on PAUSE Executive Order(coronavirus.health.ny.gov) went into effect March 22, New York ranked as the state hardest hit by COVID-19, with more than 20,000 people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.(coronavirus.health.ny.gov) That same day, the New York State AFP took its own stand against the virus, calling for an immediate […]

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 according 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 […]

India heightens efforts to protect health policies against tobacco industry vested interests

On 24 June 2019, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a letter signed by Additional Secretary Sanjeeva Kumar, to all state governments in India, underlining India’s obligation under the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 to protect public health policies from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry; hence, any form of collaboration […]

Public Statement in relation to the invitation to attend tobacco industry-backed ‘Smoke Free Dialogue’

GGTC received invitations for two officers to attend the Smoke Free Dialogue, an event organized by SustainAbility, which is funded by the Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), on July 25 in Bangkok, Thailand. It came to our knowledge that many colleagues from the global public health community and the health ministries have received […]

Uganda court curtails tobacco companies’ involvement in health

On May 28, 2019, Ugandan court junked a suit filed by British American Tobacco to challenge the constitutionality of Uganda’s Tobacco Control Act which came into force in 2016. The order recognized the tobacco companies’ tactics of thwarting policies such as smoke free, graphic health warning, and advertising bans citing its global practice of obfuscating […]

The 5.3 Knowledge Hub and the Convention Secretariat host key meetings in Thailand

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), as the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3, and the WHO FCTC Secretariat hosted two consecutive meetings in May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand: the 4th meeting of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hubs (KHs), held May 13-14, organized by the WHO Framework Convention on […]