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 […]

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. […]

Danish Institute for Human Rights tells PMI: “Stop production & marketing of tobacco

23 May 2017: Source: Danish Institute for Human Rights The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), a quasi-state body, was asked by Philip Morris International (PMI) last year to conduct a human rights assessment on it. The DIHR has completed the task and has delivered a strong message to PMI to stop production and marketing of […]

ITIC cuts ties with Big Tobacco

19 May 2017: Source: Financial Times The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) has reportedly cut its ties with the transnational tobacco companies. According to a Financial Times report on 19 May, ITIC had asked tobacco representatives to resign from its Board of Directors and will no longer accept sponsorship contributions from tobacco companies. Cutting […]