Tobacco Control During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How we Can Help

Statement from the Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo May 4 2020 Today, we are facing a devastating global pandemic caused by a virus that – in just four months – has been responsible for more than 3 million confirmed cases and some 240 000 deaths. To control the COVID-19 pandemic, reduce […]

International public health community supports SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Index and urges rejection of PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) (2019)

Philip Morris International (PMI) and the PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) have hijacked public health’s smoke-free terminology to detract from the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). PMI claims it wants a smoke-free future, but it’s one built on smokers shifting to heated tobacco products (HTP) and […]

WHO Statement Urging Governments to Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship at International Expositions (2019)

As called for in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Governments must comprehensively enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) at international expos and conferences, in order to ensure their events and programmes are tobacco free and that their activities and participants are not sponsored by tobacco companies. The world must […]

Statement on the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2018)

On September 13, 2017, it was announced that Philip Morris International plans to contribute close to $1 billion to fund an organization to be known as the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The Foundation has the stated mission of reducing illness and death from smoking and lists as its priorities: supporting research on harm reduction […]

American Cancer Society Statement on Philip Morris International Support of New Effort (2017)

Below is a statement from the American Cancer Society in response to news that Philip Morris International (PMI) will fund a new effort called the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. “This attempt by Philip Morris International to paint itself as a public health partner is manipulative and dangerous. It is a new twist out of […]

Statement on the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

25 January 2018: On September 13, 2017, it was announced that Philip Morris International plans to contribute close to $1 billion to fund an organization to be known as the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The Foundation has the stated mission of reducing illness and death from smoking and lists as its priorities: supporting research […]

Canadian health groups respond to Philip Morris International’s $1 billion research fund: Government action needed to block tobacco industry interference in public health issue

September 15, 2017 Canadian health organizations responded to the announcement yesterday that Philip Morris International had pledged $1 billion to a new purpose-built foundation by calling on the Canadian government to immediately restore public funding for tobacco control and to ensure that the costs of reducing tobacco use are passed on to the tobacco industry. […]