Category Archives: News In Brief

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 […]

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat’s statement on the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

19 Sep 2017: Source: World Health Organization The Convention Secretariat for the WHO FCTC (CSF) has issued a statement denouncing Philip Morris International’s new billion dollar ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’, that it is an industry funded activity in breach of the WHO FCTC. According to the CSF, “Any collaboration with this Foundation, due to its current funding arrangements that […]

United Nation Global Compact Integrity Policy Update

12 September 2017: Source: United Nations Global Compact Following a comprehensive integrity review as part of its new 2030 strategy and vision, the United Nations Global Compact has enhanced its policies and procedures to more closely align with the broader UN system. Effective 12 September 2017, the UN Global Compact will increase scrutiny of companies […]

Thailand became the first country in Asia to ban tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR)

24 August 2017: Source: Department of Disease Control, Bureau of Tobacco Control, Thailand In July, Thailand became the first country in Asia to implement a ban on tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. See law here. This is an important achievement under WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and enhances good governance as the tobacco industry uses such […]