WCTOH Statement on PMI’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World

Source: WCTOH October 20, 2017: Organisers of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health make an explicit policy statement on conference participants: “Anyone affiliated with Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World is ineligible to attend the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health and will not be admitted. This statement is a reiteration […]

WHO Statement on the PMI Foundation

September 28, 2017 Source: World Health Organization The World Health Organization issued a statement on the new Philip Morris new ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’ stating, The UN General Assembly has recognized a “fundamental conflict of interest between the tobacco industry and public health.”  (1) WHO Member States have stated that “WHO does not engage with the […]

United Nation Global Compact Integrity Policy Update

October 13, 2017 Source: United Nations Global Compact   Following a comprehensive integrity review as part of its new 2030 strategy and vision, the United Nations Global Compact has enhanced its policies and procedures to more closely align with the broader UN system. Effective 12 September 2017, the UN Global Compact will increase scrutiny of […]

Thailand became the first country in Asia to ban tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR)

August 24, 2017 Source: Department of Disease Control, Bureau of Tobacco Control, Thailand In July, Thailand became the first country in Asia to implement a ban on tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. See law here. This is an important achievement under WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and enhances good governance as the tobacco industry uses such […]

Policy makers to keep off tobacco industry

June 26, 2017 Source: Times of India The Bihar state government has issued a notification prohibiting tobacco industry representatives from directly accessing its officials engaged in developing policies and rules regarding implementation of tobacco control laws. Instead, the industry would have to now approach a committee comprising eight members, if they want to raise any […]

ECOSOC adopts resolution to prevent TI interference

June 7, 2017 Source: UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)   The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has adopted a resolution for members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (UNIATF) on NCDs to develop and implement policies that prevent tobacco industry interference. The Resolution has a paragraph that says: Encourages members of the Task Force, […]

ITIC cuts ties with Big Tobacco

19 May 2017: Source: Financial Times The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) has reportedly cut its ties with the transnational tobacco companies. According to a Financial Times report on 19 May, ITIC had asked tobacco representatives to resign from its Board of Directors and will no longer accept sponsorship contributions from tobacco companies. Cutting […]

Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3

11 May 2017: Source: Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs: Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3. Offices, Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices are instructed to comply with the provisions and guidelines set forth in attached CSC-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) […]