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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 […]

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 […]