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 […]

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 […]

Brazil sues tobacco companies to recoup healthcare costs

On 21 May 2019, the Brazilian government filed a lawsuit against two major tobacco companies to recover healthcare costs due to top 26 diseases scientifically proven to be linked with cigarette smoking. It also seeks moral damages and anticipated health costs from the tobacco transnational British American Tobacco PLC and Philip Morris International along with […]