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International Tobacco Conference Forbids Attendance By People Associated With Industry, Including Head Of Foundation For A Smoke-Free World

Health24: Ex-WHO expert banned from tobacco conference after links to Marlboro maker
“The global tobacco control conference opens for the first time on African soil today in Cape Town, but South African-born Dr. Derek Yach, a former World Health Organization (WHO) official, has been forbidden to attend because of his links to Marlboro. … Today, the South African-born doctor is a pariah in the tobacco control world, after his appointment in September 2017 to head … the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which is being bankrolled by Philip Morris International (PMI), the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes. … The attendance section of the 17th World Conference of ‘Tobacco or Health’ website expressly forbids access to anyone associated with the new foundation or any tobacco company…” (Cullinan, 3/7).