The Attempt of the Tobacco Industry-funded Entity to Partner with the World Health Organization (WHO) (2019)


On January 24, 2019, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) published and advertised an open letter to the World Health Organization Executive Board (WHO EB) enjoining it to “consider how best to work with the Foundation to facilitate a rapid reduction in the use of lethal cigarettes,”1 and it framed its support in the context of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The letter also calls for a review of the WHO’s “initial statement recommending that researchers and governments should not collaborate with FSFW,”2 and cites the Director General’s (DG) Report which points to challenges in having a consistent definition of how broadly ‘furthering the interests’ should be interpreted”3 as a basis for reviewing this statement.

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