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Progress Seen On Tobacco Control But Industry Continues To Interfere With Regulation, WHO Report Shows

The Guardian: Tobacco companies interfere with health regulations, WHO reports
“Cigarette manufacturers are attempting to thwart government tobacco controls wherever possible, even as governments make progress regulating the products, a new World Health Organization report has found…” (Glenza, 7/19).

Reuters: Tobacco industry blocking anti-smoking moves: WHO
“…Countries with partly state-owned tobacco companies, such as Japan which has a stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, should ‘firewall’ their health policy-setting from their commercial interests, the United Nations agency said…” (Nebehay, 7/19).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. reports more people warned against tobacco use, but industry interference continues
“… ‘One-third of countries have comprehensive systems to monitor tobacco use. While this is up from one-quarter of countries monitoring tobacco use at recommended levels in 2007, governments still need to do more to prioritize or finance this area of work,’ according to the U.N. World Health Organization’s report on the global tobacco epidemic, which was launched [Wednesday] on the side-lines of the U.N. High-level political forum on sustainable development in New York…” (7/19).

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