What happens when Big Tobacco’s pandemic donations tangle with Philippine politicians drafting new laws?

2021 Lina Sagaral Reyes, Eco-Business The Philippines’ biggest tobacco company channeled its Covid-19 aid through several lawmakers in Congress who proposed industry-friendly rules for novel tobacco products in the country, checks by Eco-Business have found. The industry-friendly bill proposed by these lawmakers could undermine recent tobacco control efforts in the country, and create conducive conditions […]

PHILIP MORRIS-FUNDED FOUNDATION FOR A SMOKE-FREE WORLD

27 January 2021 Tobacco Free Kids Philip Morris International – the huge multinational tobacco company – announced in September 2017 that it had established the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World – with funding of $80 million per year for 12 years – to fund research and encourage measures to reduce the harm caused by smoking. […]

PMI Partners with U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Combatting Illicit Trade

Philip Morris International NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 29, 2021– Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assist and support Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) illicit tobacco trade operations and other intellectual property rights investigations. “We are thrilled […]

Return to Sender: Rejecting PMI Ukraine’s Charity During COVID-19 (2020)

Although sponsorship activities by tobacco companies are banned in Ukraine, Philip Morris International (PM) found a way to donate funds to the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, PMI Ukraine donated 10 million UAH (372,577 USD) to the Charity Fund Health for All to help fight the pandemic according to a report by American […]

The two faces of the tobacco industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 10, 2020 Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, the world’s major tobacco companies have geared their CSR efforts to present themselves as allies of public health in the fight against the virus. For example, in Georgia on 23-26 March British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris […]

From a potential vaccine to millionaire donations: The active role of tobacco companies in times of coronavirus

April 27, 2020 Philip Morris International committed more than US $ 24 million to support actions against the pandemic, financing NGOs. A British American Tobacco subsidiary, meanwhile, is in the clinical testing stage of a possible vaccine. Read more: LATERCERA