WHO official: With e-cigarettes, the tobacco industry just ‘changed clothes’

EURACTIV.com: Sarantis Michalopoulos This article is part of our special report Tobacco control: What’s next?. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa, the head of secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), has criticised the tobacco industry, saying that with its push for electronic cigarettes the trade “just changed clothes […]

Piers Morgan ridicules Philip Morris boss for ‘staggeringly hypocritical’ campaign to ‘end smoking’ with help of less harmful alternatives – despite still selling cigarettes

Mail Online: Lara Keay The boss of one of the world’s largest cigarette companies has urged Britons to stop smoking.  Peter Nixon is the UK managing director for Philip Morris, which produces 800 billion cigarettes across the world every year.  But today, on National No Smoking Day, he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to […]

The cost of defeating Philip Morris over cigarette plain packaging

The Sydney Morning Herald: Pat Ranald Australia scored a victory over the tobacco giant Philip Morris in the High Court in 2012. The court held that Australia’s plain cigarette packaging laws were legal and did not constitute an unjust confiscation of trademarks and intellectual property. Philip Morris had to pay all of Australia’s costs. If it had […]

WHO rejects collaboration with Philip Morris-funded foundation

Public health round-up: World Health Organization WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected a collaboration proposal from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded by PhilipMorris International. The foundation proposed that WHO “review and consider how best to work with the foundation to facilitate a rapid reduction in the use of lethal cigarettes” in an open […]

STOP’s letter to the OECD Secretary General

20 March 2019 Angel Gurria Secretary-General Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Dear OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria: We, the leadership of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog, write to express our grave concern that a Philip Morris International (PMI) executive is scheduled to speak in a session entitled “Responsible Lobbying: Aligning Profit for […]

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 […]