Tobacco and E-Cigarette Lobbyists Circle as F.D.A. Chief Exits

The New York Times: Sheila Kaplan and Matt Richtel Dr. Scott Gottlieb became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 with an ambitious plan to reduce cigarette smoking, a habit that kills nearly half a million Americans each year, by shifting smokers to less harmful alternatives like e-cigarettes. But he was quickly embroiled in an […]

Explained: Why a Philip Morris Funded Foundation Is Repeatedly Denounced by WHO

The Wire: Anoo Bhuyan The WHO has refused to partner with any foundation that is funded by the tobacco industry to ensure policies are protected from commercial interests. New Delhi: Last week, the innocuously named Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), was once again embarrassed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO’s director general […]

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wants to Quit Cigarettes. But It’s Just Blowing Smoke.

Fortune: Matthew L. Myers and Robin Koval   Philip Morris International (PMI)—the giant cigarette manufacturer operating in most countries excluding the U.S.—claims it wants a smoke-free future, placing advertisements in major United Kingdom newspapers earlier this week with a New Year’s resolution: “We’re trying to give up cigarettes.” These ads should have run on April Fools’ […]

Quebec Court of Appeal upholds ruling in landmark tobacco class-action

Allison Lampert and Martinne Geller, The Global and Mail: The Court of Appeal of Quebec upheld on Friday the bulk of a 2015 decision that awarded around C$15 billion ($11.29 billion)to smokers in the Canadian province, dealing a blow to Big Tobacco. The judgment involves class action suits that were consolidated against the Canadian subsidiaries […]

Quebec Court of Appeal upholds ruling ordering tobacco companies to pay billions to smokers

Kalina Laframboise, Global News: Quebec’s highest court has upheld a historic ruling that ordered three major cigarette companies to pay billions in damages to smokers in the province. Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges were appealing a Quebec Superior Court decision from 2015 stemming from what is believed to be of one the […]

Putrajaya warned against working with tobacco industry-funded lobby groups Draft

20 February 2019 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 ― The Malaysia Medical association (MMA) has warned the federal government today against working with groups that are stealthily being funded by tobacco companies. In a press statement, MMA said they stand with the World Health Organisations (WHO) in urging governments around the world to reject working with […]

Over 100 health organisations urge WHO to reject Philip Morris International-led body’s appeal to collaborate on tobacco control

New Delhi: Public health experts from over 100 organisations around the world on Tuesday urged the World Health Organisation Executive Board (WHO-EB) to reject a Philip Morris International-funded foundation’s appeal to the global health body to collaborate on tobacco control policies. To do so would depart from WHO’s strict longstanding policy of not working with the tobacco industry, whose business practices have been proven to be contradictory with […]


28th January 2019 To the Director General and Executive Board of the World Health Organization, We write to you, as members of the global public health community, to express our grave concern at the attempt by the Philip Morris International-funded entity, Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), to pave the road for partnership with […]