Tobacco industry targeting vulnerable communities in times of Covid-19 pandemic

May 7, 2020 Tobacco industry is actively involved in promoting and spreading false information through researches the benefits of nicotine patches that is a product of tobacco and smoking as a weapon that protects from COVID-19. Read more: Pakistan Observer

GGTC to UN: Fight tobacco industry “misinfodemic”

May 5, 2020 The Global Center for Good Governance supports the call to the United Nations (UN) to include the tobacco industry misinformation in the efforts to battle the COVID-19 “misinfodemic.” The call is embodied in a letter dated April 30, 2020 wherein 52 public health movers from all over the world, wrote to the […]

False Friends: tobacco industry during Corona crisis

In the Coronavirus pandemic, the tobacco industry presents itself as the saviour in the crisis. A transparent diversionary tactic, since it has been fighting the public good for decades and ruining the health of countless people. Read more: Unfairtobacco

Tobacco Control During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How we Can Help

Statement from the Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo May 4 2020 Today, we are facing a devastating global pandemic caused by a virus that – in just four months – has been responsible for more than 3 million confirmed cases and some 240 000 deaths. To control the COVID-19 pandemic, reduce […]

South Africa: U.S.$1,500 ‘Bribe’ Offered As More Cigarettes Seized During COVID-19 Lockdown

May 3, 2020 Three people have been arrested in Lenasia, Johannesburg, in spite of allegedly offering a whopping R30 000 to get out of being caught selling cigarettes during the coronavirus lockdown. Read more: allAfrica

Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deaths, authorities race to trace contacts

April 30, 2020 Tobacco giant HM Sampoerna’s factory in Rungkut district of Surabaya, East Java, has temporarily shut down following reports that two of its workers had died of COVID-19 and dozens of other workers had tested positive for the virus that causes the disease. Read more: The Jakarta Post

An Open Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations (2020)

April 30, 2020 Secretary General António Guterres UNITED NATIONS New York, NY 10027 Dear Secretary General Guterres: The tobacco control community stands with you in your commitment to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 towards “a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable economy, guided by our shared promise —the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” We applaud your […]

NCTC, health groups urge Jokowi to ban smoking in COVID-19 ‘high-risk areas’

April 29, 2020 The National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC) has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to enhance COVID-19 mitigation efforts by banning tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, especially in “high-risk areas”. Read more: The Jakarta Post

From a potential vaccine to millionaire donations: The active role of tobacco companies in times of coronavirus

April 27, 2020 Philip Morris International committed more than US $ 24 million to support actions against the pandemic, financing NGOs. A British American Tobacco subsidiary, meanwhile, is in the clinical testing stage of a possible vaccine. Read more: LATERCERA

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 […]