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Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

By: Charles Ornstein and Katie Thomas The New York Times – This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization. One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens […]

Saudi Arabia tells WTO it plans to adopt plain tobacco packaging

By: Tom Miles; editing by David Stamp Reuters – Saudi Arabia notified the World Trade Organization on Wednesday that it plans to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products, a public health measure strongly opposed by major tobacco firms. The move by Saudi Arabia, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council trade bloc, follows a WTO ruling in […]

GGTC Selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies STOP Grant

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies Bloomberg Philanthropies selects Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control and two key partners to lead STOP: the Global Tobacco Industry Watchdog Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health team  works with partners in low- and middle-income countries to reduce tobacco use through a comprehensive approach that combines evidence-based policy change with increased public awareness. […]

Big Tobacco’s Global Reach on Social Media

Source: New York Times The tobacco industry says it no longer tries to hook new generations of smokers. So what’s behind the legions of beautiful young people in smoking, vaping and partying posts with the same hashtags? It’s been years since the tobacco industry promised to stop luring young people to smoke cigarettes. Philip Morris International […]

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official

Source: United Nations United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday. The WHO FCTC […]

Professionals co-opted to back tobacco giants

19 August 2018: Source: Daily Maverick By Masutane Modjadji and Kerry Cullinan The tobacco industry is spending vast sums of money to fight government’s attempts to tighten smoking laws and regulate electronic cigarettes – and it has managed to recruit some unlikely allies. (This article has been edited after publication to include further comment from […]

Tobacco Industry Interference

Tobacco Industry Interference Year Region/ Country Topic Headline News Souce 2017 Australia Tobacco executive (of ATA International) donations to Labor Party Bill Shorten seeks explanation for reported $400,000 donations from tobacco boss The Guardian 2017 Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Syria, and Uganda BAT targetting “fragile states” Revealed: how British American Tobacco […]

Here Are The Leaders Of STOP: Bloomberg’s $20 Million Tobacco Watchdog

14 August 2018: Source: Forbes By: Bruce Y. Lee STOP has just started and aims to bring new meaning to the phrase “asking for a light,” when it comes to smoking. STOP is an acronym for a new $20 million Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to create a global watchdog to shed more light on the tobacco industry’s complex marketing and […]

Bloomberg targets Big Tobacco’s ‘underhanded tactics’

14 August 2018: Source: APF Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday gave a trio of anti-tobacco crusaders $20 million to up their game against an industry aggressively marketing its deadly wares worldwide, especially in developing countries. The non-profit groups — based in France, England and Thailand — jointly secured the three-year grant […]

Tobacco watchdog will provide industry monitoring and awareness

14 August 2018: Source: Bloomberg The Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) competition was launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa. Prospective applicants could include up to three organizations as partners, but at least one had to be based in a low- or middle-income country. The winning […]