BMJ editorial: Tobacco giant wants to eliminate smoking...and pigs might fly

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an “independent” research funding body fully funded by Philip Morris, launched on 13 September. It will provide $960m (£711m; €808m) over 12 years to help “eliminate smoking worldwide.” No benchmarks for this modest task have apparently yet been announced. This largesse is a mere $80m a year from a company with global revenue in 2016 of $26.7bn and a marketing budget (in 2012) of $7bn intended overwhelmingly to promote smoking.

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Second-hand smoke kills nearly 900,000 people every year, yet one-quarter of people globally remain exposed. Find out more in the #TobaccoAtlas: https://t.co/Io3iKOespD https://t.co/2bcBws72bn

“There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interest and public health policy interests.” WHO FCTC Article 5.3 offers practical solutions for governments to prevent tobacco industry interference. https://t.co/y2WqJZRPGm @FCTCofficial https://t.co/EUI726uVGU

A global solution to a global problem: the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was developed in response to the growing illegal trade in tobacco products, often across borders. Find out the latest on its progress here: https://t.co/SNNdKaDGtO @FCTCofficial https://t.co/kVylBMtfSe

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