Category Archives: News In Brief

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

Source: Minsaude 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. […]

Insight: 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 a 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 […]

FCTC Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 launched

2 November 2017: The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) was officially launched in Bangkok. This GGTC is a WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3. The Center is a partnership program between the School of Global Studies Thammasat University and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). GGTC aims to assist […]

Relevant information to the Parties to the WHO, FCTC in support of the implementation of Article 5.3 of the treaty

30 October 2017: The Convention Secretariat for the FCTC has issued a Note Verbale (NV) which calls upon Parties to remain vigilant to the tobacco industry’s efforts to undermine the implementation of Article 5.3. The NV highlights several issues including: The UN Global Compact’s decision to end its dealings with the tobacco industry, delisting the […]

WCTOH Statement on PMI’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World

Source: WCTOH 20 October 2017: Organisers of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health make an explicit policy statement on conference participants: “Anyone affiliated with Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World is ineligible to attend the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health and will not be admitted. This statement is a reiteration […]

WHO Statement on the PMI Foundation

28 September 2017: Source: World Health Organization The World Health Organization issued a statement on the new Philip Morris new ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’ stating, The UN General Assembly has recognized a “fundamental conflict of interest between the tobacco industry and public health.”  (1) WHO Member States have stated that “WHO does not engage with the […]