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 […]

Tobacco Industry: Manipulating the Youth into a Lifelong Addiction (2020)

The tobacco industry causes a net loss to the global economy, annually costing USD 1.4 trillion in economic losses[1] and killing 8 million people; with a disproportionate impact in developing nations as over 80% of the 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).[2] Investment analysts estimate that the industry creates at least […]

Health Ministry for halting production, sale of tobacco products

May 20, 2020 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to suspend production, supply, marketing, and sale of all kinds of tobacco products in Bangladesh to help fight against coronavirus. Read more: The Independent

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

WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19

May 11, 2020 Tobacco kills more than 8 million people globally every year. More than 7 million of these deaths are from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Read more: World Health Organization

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 […]

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

Imperial Brands PLC agrees sale of Worldwide Premium Cigar Business for €1,225 million with proceeds to be used to reduce debt

April 27, 2020 Imperial Brands PLC (“Imperial”) is pleased to announce it has agreed the sale of its worldwide premium cigar businesses (“Premium Cigars”) to investment consortia of individual investors in two distinct transactions for a total consideration of €1,225 million (£1,074 million), which represents a multiple of 11.8x FY19 EBITDA on a standalone basis. […]

COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference (2020)

  I. Background On February 14, 2020, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme posited that smoking is a risk factor for the severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, and that the same would be expected in COVID-19, a respiratory disease.[1] To identify smokers as a potential vulnerable group for COVID-19, health experts […]