The first report of tobacco industry interference index in Eastern Mediterranean countries: the experience of Iran based on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3

2020 Authors: Gholamreza HeydariEuropean Respiratory Journal Abstract Background: Tobacco industry interference (TII) is one of the biggest obstacles to comprehensive enforcement of tobacco control legislation and article 5.3 of WHO FCTC is a guideline to counter tobacco industry interference. The aim of this study was to create a national plan against TII in Iran. Methods: This was […]

Does the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to eliminate the tobacco industry?

October 26, 2020 Authors: John P A Ioannidis and Prabhat JhaThe Lancet Tobacco use is the top modifiable global health problem, but the global tobacco market grows 3% annually. Most anti-tobacco measures to date target demand (eg, higher excise taxes). However, the endgame might require reducing supply. The main counterarguments are financial (eg, economic damage […]

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 […]

Covid-19 crisis sparks new call in Scotland for tobacco levy

May 3, 2020 Scotland’s leading anti-smoking charity is backing calls for a minimum unit price (MUP) on tobacco after scientists said “now is the time” to tackle the largest preventable cause of chronic disease. Read more: The Sunday Times

Suggestion that smoking protects from COVID-19 may be dangerous to public health

May 11, 2020 A new pandemic generates anxiety and confusion and drives people to seek remedies that may have little scientific evidence of efficacy. Based upon a flawed interpretation of preliminary COVID-19 data, the hypothesis that cigarette smoking protects one from coronavirus has emerged. Some have taken these incorrect findings to an extreme, as in France, […]

COVID-19: For the tobacco industry, it’s all about profit

May 11, 2020 In times of crisis some corporations profit while others break. For the tobacco industry the COVID-19 pandemic which has shut down many nations and crippled the global economy seems “a make or break opportunity”. Read more: EnviroNews Nigeria

Tobacco industry targeting vulnerable communities in times of Covid-19 pandemic

May 7, 2020 Tobacco industry is actively involved in promoting and spreading false information through researches the benefits of nicotine patches that is a product of tobacco and smoking as a weapon that protects from COVID-19. Read more: Pakistan Observer

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 […]

False Friends: tobacco industry during Corona crisis

In the Coronavirus pandemic, the tobacco industry presents itself as the saviour in the crisis. A transparent diversionary tactic, since it has been fighting the public good for decades and ruining the health of countless people. Read more: Unfairtobacco

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 […]