People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Let’s say you were taking money for engaging in behaviour that you knew violated office rules. How would you hide it?
You might close your door while talking on the phone; hold meetings outside of the office; even password protect any documents on your computer. But you probably wouldn’t imitate a civil servant who represented Brazil at an international tobacco control meeting last year in Uruguay.
During the week-long conference of countries that are Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the official made numerous calls to the Brazilian subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT).
That violated Article 5.3 of the FCTC, on tobacco industry interference with public health. It possibly also broke Brazilian Government rules on conflict of interest.