The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

What’s in the Bloomberg, Gates litigation fund?

Most of us have seen the headlines: Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have teamed up to create a fund to help countries fight challenges by the tobacco industry. What about the details?

According to a press release, the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund will be available for low and middle-income countries to dispute lawsuits filed against them by the tobacco industry using international trade agreements.

Revised UK illicit trade strategy pledges crackdown on industry

 

“The tobacco industry is complicit in illegal trade. Smuggling is one of its business strategies,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a speech to the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Dr. Chan was not exaggerating. The tobacco industry has long been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco, and the problem has not disappeared.