Bloomberg, Gates Launch $4M Fund To Help Countries Defend Efforts To Curb Smoking

BBC News: New global fund to help countries defend tobacco control
“A new global fund is being launched to help developing countries fend off challenges to tobacco control measures by cigarette makers…” (Dreaper, 3/18).

The Guardian: Bloomberg and Gates launch legal fund to help countries fight big tobacco
“A $4m (£2.7m) fighting fund to help governments around the world in legal battles against the tobacco industry has been announced by Bloomberg Philanthropies, seeking to assist countries which are making slow progress curbing smoking…” (Boseley, 3/18).

New York Times: New Global Fund to Help Countries Defend Smoking Laws
“… ‘The fact that there is a fund dedicated to taking on the tobacco companies in court sends a message that they are not going to get a free ride,’ [Michael] Bloomberg said. … The fund was set up to counter what health experts say has been a strategy by tobacco companies to block smoking laws in poorer countries through legal means…” (Tavernise, 3/18).

Reuters: Gates and Bloomberg create $4 million fund to fight Big Tobacco
“…Announcing the creation of the anti-tobacco trade litigation fund on Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said countries with limited resources should not be bullied into making bad health policy choices. … The tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing tobacco control laws was unacceptable, Bloomberg said…” (Kelland, 3/18).

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