Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19 (2020)

The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, human rights violations, and more. Frequently Asked Questions Summary The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, child labor, […]

The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses (2020)

Executive Summary Tobacco use carries risk of COVID-19 transmission and leads to worse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 also endangers those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for which smoking is a major risk factor. Life-saving tobacco control measures that urge smokers to quit would not only address the tobacco epidemic, but also reduce the burden […]

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 […]

Organizations in Support of Tobacco Industry’s Arguments Against Plain Packaging (2019)

Consistent with its tactic of utilizing third parties to counter tobacco control policies, the tobacco industry is likely to mobilize business organizations in its campaign to challenge FCTC Parties’ efforts to impose plain packaging or increase the size of graphic health warnings. In the WTO proceedings on the Australia plain packaging law, several business platforms had […]

Issues Concerning a Tobacco Company at an OECD Session on Integrity and Lobbying (2019)

I. Background At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) annual Integrity and Anti-Corruption Forum in Paris, France, a Philip Morris International (PMI) executive served as a panelist at a 21 March 2019 session entitled “Responsible Lobbying: Aligning Profit for Public Good.” The session details were posted on 19 March 2019. Upon learning of […]

How Much Does it Cost to Receive Donations from the Tobacco Industry? Art. 5.3 of the WHO FCTC – The Protection of Public Tobacco Control Policies (2018)

Introduction Selling cigarettes and other tobacco products is the purpose of tobacco companies and, like any company, its biggest goal is to increase profits and expand its market share. However, in the twentieth century alone, consumption of tobacco products has killed 100 million people worldwide, which brings a great differential to this business. Read more: […]

Countering The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) (2018)

In September 2017, Philip Morris International (PMI) pledged about $1 billion to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW), an organization that will provide grants for “medical, agricultural, and scientific research to end smoking and its health effects and to address the impact of reduced worldwide demand for tobacco.” Read more: Global Center for Good […]

WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2017)

On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity – the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years. Read more: World Health Organization

Hijacking ‘Sustainability’ from the SDGs: Review of Tobacco-Related CSR Activities in the ASEAN Region (2017)

Introduction As the ASEAN region becomes more aware of the deadly effects of tobacco and governments step up regulation of the industry, tobacco companies are resorting to more below-the-line tactics to promote their corporate name and products to reach consumers. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have become one of the key strategies exploited by the […]