People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
On World No Tobacco Day, governments must stand together in defence of public health, says a joint press release by FCA, the American Cancer Society, Corporate Accountability International and the World Lung Foundation.
The global tobacco industry is expanding its war against public health, beyond national courts and into the international arena. Governments must understand these new threats, and stand together to defend their sovereignty and public health, adds the release.
For example, tobacco giants Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) are providing legal support to two countries, Ukraine and Honduras, which recently launched complaints at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against Australia’s new law banning logos and other ‘branding’ on tobacco packages.
“As tobacco control takes hold, the industry continues to adjust its bullying tactics so that it can advance its ultimate aim: to hook a future generation of smokers,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber. "After attacking public health policies in national courts and via bilateral agreements, they are now enticing governments into doing their dirty work at the World Trade Organization," he added.
Read the full release:
- Big Tobacco expands global attacks on public health
- Les géants du tabac intensifient leurs attaques contre la santé publique au plan mondial
- Las grandes tabacaleras extienden al ámbito mundial sus ataques contra la salud pública.