Category Archives: News In Brief

Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising “healthier” tobacco products or face legal action

18 July 2018: he Government will take one of the world’s largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said. Yesterday the Department of Health sent a formal order to Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, telling it to remove poster adverts for “healthier” tobacco […]

World’s biggest tobacco firm under fire over ‘disgraceful’ PR stunt

19 July 2018: NHS staff told to reject offer by makers of Marlboro cigarettes to help them quit smoking The world’s biggest tobacco firm has been accused of staging “a disgraceful PR stunt” by offering to help NHS staff quit smoking to help mark the service’s 70th birthday. Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is under […]

Minister snubs tobacco firm on meeting to discuss vaping

3 June 2018: Evidence on long-term safety of vaping not yet established, Minister tells JTI Ireland Ireland’s largest tobacco brand was snubbed by junior health minister Catherine Byrne when it sought a meeting to promote its vaping business in the Irish market. Japan Tobacco Ireland controls more than half the Irish tobacco market though brands such as Benson & […]

WTO Tobacco Ruling Opens Door to New Plain-Packaging Laws

By Bryce Baschuk The World Trade Organization upheld Australia’s right to require cigarettes to be sold in plain packs without any logos in a landmark case that could usher in a new wave of global tobacco restrictions. A panel of dispute-settlement experts backed the legality of Australia’s 2011 measure June 28. Australia requires tobacco companies to […]

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is live!

Press release 28 JUNE 2018 | GENEVA – Yesterday, 27 June 2018, the conditions for the entry into force of the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO FCTC were met, paving the way to eliminate illicit trade of tobacco products The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is pleased […]

Cabo Verde had released a brochure on civil servants’ responsibilities under Article 5.3

Cabo Verde had released a brochure (Portuguese) to alert civil servants about their responsibilities under Article 5.3. The brochure refers to the eight principles of Article 5.3 and the effects of tobacco use on society. It highlights how the tobacco companies are listed in the same category as chemical weapons, biological and nuclear weapons. The […]

A Reuters expose: Pakistan diluted proposed tobacco health warnings after Philip Morris, BAT lobbying

29 May 2018 ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Philip Morris International Inc and British American Tobacco Plc lobbied Pakistan’s government to not implement bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, in what officials say was part of an industry-wide campaign that successfully persuaded Islamabad to water down a proposal designed to save lives. This investigation exposes how […]

Poland considers the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World as being part of the tobacco industry

13 February 2018: The Ministry of Health considers the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World as being part of the tobacco industry. The MOH has sent a letter, dated 9 January 2018, to the Chancellor, Vice-Rectors and Deans of all medical schools informing them that Poland is a party to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and […]

The new Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: independent or not?

30 January 2018: In his 23 January BMJ blog, ‘Building a Foundation to accelerate an end to smoking’, Derek Yach again defends and promotes his new Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. It is fair to say that Yach’s new Foundation has not been warmly welcomed by the public health community at large, as evidenced […]

Good country practices in the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines

25 January 2018: This report provides a selection of advanced practices in implementing Article 5.3. It draws from a variety of Parties’ experiences, including those recommended in the guidelines. While some Parties have taken a whole-of-government approach, which is the ideal, others have adopted measures to protect the ministry/department of health from interference by the […]