WHO Report Calls For More Efforts To End Global Tobacco Epidemic, Including Blocking Industry Interference

The Guardian: Battle against tobacco epidemic is far from won, WHO report finds
“The battle against the global tobacco epidemic is far from won, even as more countries adopt measures such as smoke-free environments and warnings on packaging to curb its use, a new report has revealed. The report from the World Health Organization reveals that lives are still at risk from tobacco, with billions of people living in countries that have not yet fully implemented even one of six effective measures to control tobacco recommended by the organization…” (Davis, 7/26).

Reuters: WHO says e-cigarettes, ‘smoke-free’ products do not help reduce cancer
“Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products are not helping fight cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, urging smokers and governments not to trust claims from cigarette firms about their latest products. The seventh ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic’ said blocking the industry’s interference was critical to cutting the harm from tobacco use…” (Miles, 7/26).

The Telegraph: Tobacco industry interference holds back efforts to stamp out smoking
“…The report highlights the range of tactics cigarette firms employ to influence policy such as setting up front groups to fabricate support, influencing scientists, making unproven claims, and exaggerating the economic importance of the industry. The report highlights the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, fully funded by cigarette company Philip Morris International…” (Gulland, 7/26).

Additional coverage of the WHO report is available from Deutsche Welle, Health Policy Watch, Quartz, Reuters, U.N. News, and VOA News.