How tobacco industry donations cloud debates over cigarette controls

Free-market thinktanks from Malaysia to Chile and Australia received funding from the industry alongside governments as they argued against tobacco controls Smoking kills more than 27,200 Malaysians every year. In March 2017, Malaysia’s health ministry hoped to reduce that grim tally by floating a plan to sharply increase cigarettes taxes as recommended by the World Health Organization […]

Revealed: the free-market groups

More than 100 free-market thinktanks from North America to Europe and south Asia took positions helpful to the tobacco industry or donations, Guardian investigation shows Free-market thinktanks around the world provide a powerful voice of support to cigarette manufacturers in battles against tougher regulations, a Guardian investigation shows. The tobacco industry has long been treated […]

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official

Source: United Nations United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday. The WHO FCTC […]

Professionals co-opted to back tobacco giants

19 August 2018: Source: Daily Maverick By Masutane Modjadji and Kerry Cullinan The tobacco industry is spending vast sums of money to fight government’s attempts to tighten smoking laws and regulate electronic cigarettes – and it has managed to recruit some unlikely allies. (This article has been edited after publication to include further comment from […]

Here Are The Leaders Of STOP: Bloomberg’s $20 Million Tobacco Watchdog

14 August 2018: Source: Forbes By: Bruce Y. Lee STOP has just started and aims to bring new meaning to the phrase “asking for a light,” when it comes to smoking. STOP is an acronym for a new $20 million Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to create a global watchdog to shed more light on the tobacco industry’s complex marketing and […]

Bloomberg targets Big Tobacco’s ‘underhanded tactics’

14 August 2018: Source: APF Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday gave a trio of anti-tobacco crusaders $20 million to up their game against an industry aggressively marketing its deadly wares worldwide, especially in developing countries. The non-profit groups — based in France, England and Thailand — jointly secured the three-year grant […]

Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising “healthier” tobacco products or face legal action

18 July 2018: Source: The Telegraph he Government will take one of the world’s largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said. Yesterday the Department of Health sent a formal order to Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, telling it to remove poster adverts […]

World’s biggest tobacco firm under fire over ‘disgraceful’ PR stunt

19 July 2018: Source: The Guardian NHS staff told to reject offer by makers of Marlboro cigarettes to help them quit smoking The world’s biggest tobacco firm has been accused of staging “a disgraceful PR stunt” by offering to help NHS staff quit smoking to help mark the service’s 70th birthday. Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro […]

WTO Tobacco Ruling Opens Door to New Plain-Packaging Laws

Source: Bloomberg By: Bryce Baschuk The World Trade Organization upheld Australia’s right to require cigarettes to be sold in plain packs without any logos in a landmark case that could usher in a new wave of global tobacco restrictions. A panel of dispute-settlement experts backed the legality of Australia’s 2011 measure June 28. Australia requires tobacco […]

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is live!

Source: World Health Organization Press release 28 JUNE 2018 | GENEVA – Yesterday, 27 June 2018, the conditions for the entry into force of the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO FCTC were met, paving the way to eliminate illicit trade of tobacco products The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]