GGTC applauds WTO’s reaffirmation of Australia’s plain packaging

Bangkok – On Tuesday, June 9, the World Trade Organization (WTO) reaffirmed Australia’s plain packaging laws which require the tobacco industry to use generic text in drab plain cigarette packs with large graphic warnings. WTO’s Appellate Body rejected arguments that these are “more trade-restrictive than necessary for achieving that public health objective”; and that plain […]

World No Tobacco Day: Exposing Tobacco Tactics to Save the Next Generation

Bangkok –On May 31, in celebration of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) is unveiling visual expressions of protest against the tobacco industry’s ploys to manipulate the youth. In line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco […]

GGTC to UN: Fight tobacco industry “misinfodemic”

May 5, 2020 The Global Center for Good Governance supports the call to the United Nations (UN) to include the tobacco industry misinformation in the efforts to battle the COVID-19 “misinfodemic.” The call is embodied in a letter dated April 30, 2020 wherein 52 public health movers from all over the world, wrote to the […]

E-Cigarettes: tobacco industry misinformation on e-cigarettes, a ‘real threat’, says WHO

1 August 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that e-cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful”, and warned that misinformation spread by the tobacco industry in claiming that they are “safer” constitute “a present and real threat” to public health. The tobacco industry has been aggressively marketing e-cigarettes as a less dangerous alternative to traditional cigarettes […]

Tobacco Ban on Facebook/Instagram must meet global standards

July 25 2019 – GGTC welcomes the Facebook / Instagram policy prohibiting users and groups from selling, transferring or gifting tobacco products including hookah, e-cigarettes, and tobacco paraphernalia; but finds that the policy falls short of global tobacco treaty standards. Based on the updated policy, tobacco companies and social influencers can still advertise “to those […]

Tobacco Grants returned by Bangladesh NGO BRAC

August 14, 2019 – On July 31, Bangladeshi tobacco control advocates announced that BRAC, a world-leading non-government organization (NGO) from Bangladesh, has returned funds worth USD 64,151 that they had received as a grant from the Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World (FSFW). The tobacco control NGO PROGGA states that “The moral stand […]

Health Groups: “Protect UN/ SDGs from Tobacco Industry”

July 20 2019 On 19 July 2019, Stopping Tobacco Organizations & Products (STOP) , a global watchdog, joined the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) in  issuing a letter asking the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) to reject a note that sought a […]

Philip Morris funded Foundation is more PR than research according to Tobacco Watchdog

June 12 2019: The first analysis of the 2018 tax return of the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), revealed that most of the Foundation’s funding activities have gone more into public relations (PR) than into scientific researches; and that the “it is essentially working as a front group for PMI, serving as […]

STOP Tobacco Industry Watchdog Exposes Industry Allies That Undermine Public Health

Close to 100 groups in 22 countries exposed for supporting industry efforts to derail tobacco control  U.S. and U.K. are headquarters for nearly half of front groups, third parties and “astroturf” organizations New York and Bath, United Kingdom (July 23, 2019) — A new database released by STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) reveals dozens […]

No Takers for Philip Morris’ Foundation for Smoke Free World Event

July 4, 2019, Bangkok – The Foundation for Smoke Free World (FSFW)-backed event called Smoke Free Dialogue in Bangkok being convened by SustainAbility in Bangkok had been cancelled because “few attendees confirmed”, according to the organizers’ response to invitees. Prof. Prakit Vatheesatogkit, President of ASH Thailand, explained that the academic community in Bangkok had already […]