Brazil sues tobacco companies to recoup healthcare costs

On May 21, 2019, the Brazilian government filed a lawsuit against two major tobacco companies to recover healthcare costs due to top 26 diseases scientifically proven to be linked with cigarette smoking. It also seeks moral damages and anticipated health costs from the tobacco transnational British American Tobacco PLC and Philip Morris International along with […]

State of Kerala adopts a comprehensive policy on FCTC Article 5.3

23 May 2019, Bangkok – The State of Kerala in India has adopted a comprehensive policy to protect its policies against the tobacco industry’s commercial and vested interests. The policy is to be overseen by an intergovernmental committee which involves civil society, and requires all public servants to report on any interactions with the industry […]

Big Tobacco is no friend to Women – INWAT

March 8, 2019 The International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT) calls out the Phillip Morris International (PMI) “Week of Women,” – a so-called celebration of International Women’s Day a hoax. PMI has a renowned and infamous history of marketing to women and children with deadly consequences.  We challenge their Women’s Day activity as fake […]

COP8 adopts important decision on WHO FCTC Article 5.3 (2018)

On 6 October 2018, the eighth session of the WHO FCTC (COP8) adopted important decision that will strengthen the implementation of Article 5.3 and protect public health measures from tobacco industry interference. Among the issues included in this decision are: to foster international cooperation by requiring the tobacco industry to provide information on its activities […]

Side event on tackling tobacco industry interference held at COP8

Delegates from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Thailand, in collaboration with the Corporate Accountability and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), organized a side event on “Impact of industry influence and how we can counter […]

GGTC Selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies STOP Grant

Bloomberg Philanthropies selects Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control and two key partners to lead STOP: the Global Tobacco Industry Watchdog Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health team works with partners in low- and middle-income countries to reduce tobacco use through a comprehensive approach that combines evidence-based policy change with increased public awareness. Their $15 million […]

Tobacco Industry Interference

Tobacco Industry Interference Year Region/ Country Topic Headline News Souce 2017 Australia Tobacco executive (of ATA International) donations to Labor Party Bill Shorten seeks explanation for reported $400,000 donations from tobacco boss The Guardian 2017 Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Syria, and Uganda BAT targetting “fragile states” Revealed: how British American Tobacco […]

Tobacco watchdog will provide industry monitoring and awareness

The Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) competition was launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa. Prospective applicants could include up to three organizations as partners, but at least one had to be based in a low- or middle-income country. The winning partners have decades of experience […]