The Secrets of the World’s Biggest Tobacco Company: The Philip Morris Files

Part 1: Treaty Blitz Philip Morris International is using its vast resources against efforts to reduce smoking. Internal company documents reveal details of the secretive operation. Part 2: Marlboro Country The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is marketing cigarettes in India in ways that government officials say violate the country’s anti-smoking laws. F Part 3: […]

The Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: tax return sheds light on funding activities

Tess Legg, Silvy Peeters, Phil Chamberlain, Anna B Gilmore,  The Lancet: In September, 2017, Philip Morris International, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, set up the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, with almost US$1 billion of funding over 12 years.1 The Foundation claims to be an independent scientific body aiming to “accelerate an end to smoking”.2 Yet controversy […]

E-cigarettes—New Product, Old Tricks (2018)

Tobacco smoking cessation represents one of the most successful public health initiatives in the world, with smoking prevalence at its lowest during the past decade according to recent WHO estimates. However, since the introduction of e-cigarettes in 2003, marketed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco, what should have simply been an effective tool for tobacco […]


WHO FCTC Secretariat & UNDP (2017). The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An accelerator for sustainable development. Discussion Paper.  Bialous, Stella (undated). Impact of implementation of the WHO FCTC on the tobacco industry’s behavior. WHO FCTC. Examples of implementation of Article 5.3 communicated through the reports of the Parties. Bialous, Stella & Corporate Accountability International (2015). […]


WHO (2017). Tobacco and its environmental impact: An overview. Geneva: World Health Organization. WHO-EMRO (2012). Tobacco industry tactics and plans to undermine tobacco control efforts. WHO (2012). Technical resource for country implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3. WHO (2009). Tobacco industry interference with tobacco control. Hirschhorn, Norbert (2008). Evolution of […]


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (2018). Who is Profiting from Tobacco? A Closer Look at the Shareholders of Multinational Tobacco Companies and Their Subsidiaries. CAI, SEATCA, and GGTC (2017). Anti-Corruption and Tobacco Control. Canadian Cancer Society, et al. (2016). Canada’s Implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: A Civil Society Shadow Report. […]

Papers on Illicit Trade

Crosbie E, Bialous S, Glantz SA (2019). Memoranda of understanding: a tobacco industry strategy to undermine illicit tobacco trade policies. Tobacco Control. Curti D, et al. (2018). Tobacco taxation, illegal cigarette supply and geography. Tobacco Control. Gallagher AWA, et al. (2018). Tobacco industry data on illicit tobacco trade: A systematic review of existing assessments. Tobacco Control. […]

Papers on Tobacco Industry Interference

By Country  Country Title of Paper Author Year Argentina Tobacco industry successfully prevented tobacco control legislation in Argentina Sebrie EM, Barnoya J, Perez-Stable EJ, Glantz SA 2005 Australia “Avoid health warnings on all tobacco products just as long as we can”: A history of Australian tobacco industry efforts to avoid, delay and dilute health warnings on […]


Policies and Practices that Protect against Tobacco Industry Interference PDF 500k A Handbook on the Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and related actions This handbook summarizes reports on the practices on the implementation of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization – Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in order […]