PAHO urges young people to help expose and resist tobacco industry deception

May 28, 2020 Makers of tobacco and related products spend some $9 billion annually on marketing to recruit new customers to replace those lost to tobacco-related deaths Washington, D.C., 28 May 2020 (PAHO/WHO) – On this year’s World No Tobacco Day, May 31, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on young people in the […]


March 13, 2020 You might have thought that back-room deals and secretive campaigns involving the tobacco industry were a thing of the past, consigned to the era of Mad Men, or at least before widespread indoor smoking bans and health warnings on cigarette packages. Read more: Transparency


March 12, 2020 The European Commission needs to strengthen mechanisms for preventing covert lobbying and regulatory capture, said Transparency International EU today, following new reports that detail how the tobacco industry undermined the creation of a robust EU infrastructure to curb the illicit trade in cigarettes. Read more: Transparency

The Truth Behind Philip Morris International’s Smoke-Free Future

February 24, 2020 The crowd screamed as Calvin Harris began his set at 2019’s Djakarta Warehouse Project, one of Asia’s biggest dance music festivals. The floor pulsed. As each song built, fans jumped up and down, climbed on each other’s shoulders or swayed as they filmed the DJ on their phones.  Read more: Huffington Post

Philip Morris drew up plan for £1bn tobacco transition fund

February 24, 2020 Philip Morris International (PMI), one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, drew up plans for a £1bn tobacco transition fund in the UK to be spent by local authorities and Public Health England on persuading smokers to give up cigarettes in favour of alternatives such as its “heat not burn” smokeless tobacco product, […]

The Secrets of Big Tobacco: Has Philip Morris Really Given Up Smoking?

February 24, 2020 Over a decade has passed since major tobacco companies were found to have misled the public over the dangers of smoking. In 2008, Philip Morris International – or PMI – was spun off from one of those firms into a new company, headquartered in Switzerland. Now PMI says it wants to deliver […]

Big Tobacco wants social media influencers to promote its products – can the platforms stop it?

January 23, 2020 Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve – it has to in order to survive. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it has to try every advertising and marketing trick in its playbook. Read more: The […]

Deceptive tactics of tobacco industry Rs153b loss caused to national exchequer in last three years

January 11, 2020 Pakistan’s major tobacco industry caused a whopping loss of Rs153 billion to the national exchequer from 2016 to 2019 as it was levied low tax rate and allowed price adjustment of their most sold brands. This was said by Malik Imran Ahmad from Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids while addressing the participants […]

The tobacco industry plays price games to make it even tougher to quit smoking

Authors: Branston, J.,  Gilmore, A. and Hiscock, R. It is thought about two in three smokers want to kick their deadly habit, and with good reason – the same proportion of them are believed to die prematurely because of smoking. Around the world, the habit kills more than 6m people a year. Read more: The […]