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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $360M Over 5 Years To Implement Anti-Tobacco Initiatives In LMICs

Wall Street Journal: Bloomberg Expands Effort to Curb Tobacco Use Worldwide
“Former New York City mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his fortune over the past decade fighting tobacco use in the developing world. Now, with cigarette use declining globally, he is deepening his campaign. Mr. Bloomberg is committing $360 million to be used between 2017 and 2022 to help raise tobacco taxes, implement smoke-free laws, and pursue other strategies to curb tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies, the philanthropic arm of his foundation…” (McKay, 12/5).

Washington Post: Michael Bloomberg may be Big Tobacco’s biggest enemy
“…The program includes 110 countries, among them China, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. To date, the group has worked with 59 countries with a population of nearly 3.5 billion people to introduce tobacco-control laws and policies and with 36 countries to help them create systems to monitor tobacco use and policy implementation. In India, for example, the government now requires graphic health warnings covering 85 percent of both sides of cigarette packages. And Bangladesh has banned tobacco sales to minors…” (Cha, 12/5).

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