British American Tobacco Company Workers Accuses Management Of Exposing Them To COVID-19

Workers with the British American Tobacco Company Nigeria have accused its management of insensitivity-despite orders by the Federal and State Government, for private companies to reduce its work force by more than 70 percent to contain the spread of Coronavirus, the multinational company continues to deploy its staff across the country and ramp up production. […]

Government vows to protect health policy from Big Tobacco after Bureau investigation

March 6, 2020 The government has pledged to defend public health policy from tobacco companies lobbying for relaxed regulations after Brexit. Last night the health minister Jo Churchill reiterated the government’s commitment to a landmark treaty that restricts contact with the tobacco industry during a parliamentary debate called in response to last week’s Dispatches “The Secrets of […]

Ireland bans menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco starting May 20

March 15, 2020 In Ireland, menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco, along with irregularly shaped packs such as skinny cigarettes will be banned from May 20. Also included in the ban are click dual cigarettes that change from normal to menthol. It’s all part of the four year phasing-out period of the EU Tobacco Product Directive […]

Tobacco giants fume over claims they exploited COVID-19 with Romania, Greece & Ukraine donations

August 6, 2020 Two tobacco titans have hit back at allegations they are using the COVID-19 health crisis to improve their public image and win access to politicians. Philip Morris International subsidiary, Papastratos, gave 50 respirators to Greek hospitals to help them cope during the pandemic. Read more: Euronews

WHO warns of possible pressure from the tobacco industry to benefit from a bill to combat smuggling

July 27, 2020 The head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention (World Health Organization) for Tobacco Control (FCTC), Adriana Blanco, warned the Legislative Commission of Justice of alleged pressures from the tobacco industry to obtain compensation and eliminate the tax on tobacco. tobacco, established as a public health policy. Read more: Eluniverso

WHO Statement on Heated Tobacco Products and the US FDA Decision Regarding IQOS

July 27, 2020 WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obligations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products. (Decision FCTC/COP8(22)) Specifically, Article 13.4(a) obliges Parties, to prohibit “all […]

How tobacco-funded group try to influence tobacco control policy in Costa Rica – Report

July 18, 2020 A Philip Morris-funded group has been attempting to interfere in the design of public policies in Costa Rica and other countries by opposing legislation that seeks to regulate cigarette smuggling, a report by AdiarioCR has shown. The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade’s (TRACIT) interference also involved requesting the strengthening of the […]

Tobacco industry lobbies Bangladesh Government Agency to champion its business during COVID-19 pandemic

July 3, 2020 Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented level of tobacco industry interference during the COVID-19 crisis. The tobacco industry in Bangladesh, dominated by two transnational tobacco companies, British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI), has exploited the ongoing pandemic to protect its cigarette business. While publicly building their image by making […]

Commission remains vulnerable to Big Tobacco’s siren song, report says

July 2, 2020 The European Commission is unprepared for an impending lobbying blitz by the tobacco industry, according to a report released Thursday by watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). According to the NGO, the industry is gearing up for a fight ahead of the review of the Tobacco Products Directive in 2021. The latest version of the […]