The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses

November, 2020 Executive Summary Tobacco use carries risk of COVID-19 transmission and leads to worse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 also endangers those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for which smoking is a major risk factor. Life-saving tobacco control measures that urge smokers to quit would not only address the tobacco epidemic, but also reduce […]

Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19

November 2020 Summary The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, child labor, and more. Under the global tobacco control treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), governments are called on to adopt stronger tobacco control […]

Staff Spotlight on… Phil Chamberlain, Managing Editor of Tobacco Tactics

July 26, 2019 Warm up: How long have you worked at the Uni? What does your role involve? I started in April 2019 when I joined STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) to manage the Tobacco Tactics website. This is a key, indeed world-renowned, output from the University’s Tobacco Control Research Group. So quite a responsibility. Read more: Bath University […]

STOP Tobacco Industry Watchdog exposes Industry Allies that undermine public health

July 26, 2019 A new database released by STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) reveals dozens of groups from around the world aiding the tobacco industry in its considerable efforts to subvert public health policies. These tobacco industry allies act as lobbyists, spokespeople and validators against smoke-free workplace protections, tobacco tax increases, health warnings, and […]

Latest tax return shed light on the Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (2019)

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (‘the Foundation’) was set up in September 2017, ostensibly as a scientific organisation aiming to “accelerate an end to smoking”. It describes itself as an independent foundation, yet was set up with a pledged amount of nearly a billion dollars from global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). On […]

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 […]

STOP: A Tobacco Industry Watchdog to Accelerate Tobacco Control

A deadly problem The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars deceiving consumers, journalists and policymakers. The result: 7 million people die from tobacco-related causes every year. What is STOP? STOP stands for Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products. It is a new, rigorous, comprehensive global tobacco industry watchdog that will expose the tobacco industry’s efforts to […]