Big Tobacco suspected of dodging EU anti-smuggling rules
Tobacco companies have sold their anti-smuggling system to a third party to comply with upcoming EU rules, but critics say the new owner is a front company. The track-and-trace system, Codentify, helps tobacco firms and customs authorities to find out where a pack of cigarettes was produced and is used to combat smuggling – a multi-billion euro criminal industry in Europe.
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Special Report: Philip Morris device knows a lot about your smoking habit
In seeking regulatory approval for a new smoking device called iQOS, Philip Morris International Inc is claiming the electronic gadget is less likely to cause disease than traditional cigarettes. But the iQOS holds another, less obvious advantage over regular smokes: the ability to harvest personal data about users’ smoking habits.
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Government is aware that the sector has experienced challenges such as taxation, market uncertainty and lack of infrastructure.” A first of its kind tobacco manufacturing and processing plant has been undertaken by Ronald Imperial Tobacco Company in Zambia.
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Nigeria: Tobacco company denies targeting kids
October 23, 2017: The British American Tobacco has denied that its marketing strategies target the younger generation by deliberately situating tobacco products near primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. In a statement on Monday, the company said it was committed to ensuring adherence to Nigeria’s tobacco laws as well as complying with international marketing principles.
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BAT seen to actively promote premium cigarette brands
October 6, 2017: Maintain buy with an unchanged target price of RM52.08: British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd’s (BAT) results for the third quarter of financial year 2017 (FY17) are expected to be released on Oct 23. We expect accumulative earnings for the first nine months of FY17 to come in the range of between RM367 million and RM452 million, representing 5.4% growth year-on-year (y-o-y).
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Brazzaville Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control in the WHO African Region (April 2011).

We, the Ministers of Health and Heads of Delegation of the WHO African Region declare that:

NCDs prevention and control strategies, guidelines, policies, legislations, regulatory frameworks including the WHO FCTC, should be developed and implemented to protect individuals, families and communities from unhealthy diets; harmful use of alcohol; tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; unsafe food; violence and injuries; advertising of unhealthy products; and infections responsible for certain types of cancers

BAT announces overhaul of its organisational and management structures

August 31,2017: Tobacco firm British American Tobacco (BAT) said on Thursday it had overhauled its organisational and management structures following the successful acquisition of Reynolds America. The company has now created three regions to encompass activities, with sub-Saharan Africa now paired with the Americas.
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Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty
July 13, 2017: The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation. NEW DELHI/LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A group of cigarette company executives stood in the lobby of a drab convention center near New Delhi last November.
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Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry’s dirty war for the African market
July 12, 2017: British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the west, a Guardian investigation has found.
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EU: Stakeholders question Commission’s handling of tobacco track and trace
June 20, 2017: Several member states and the EU distribution sector have questioned the effectiveness of a recent European Commission consultant’s proposal on the future track and trace system of tobacco products.
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Pakistan: Turning on tobacco
April 10, 2017: Are Pakistanis smoking less of tobacco these days? The country’s leading tobacco player, Pakistan Tobacco Company Limited (PSX: PAKT) recently reported that it sold 36.1 billion sticks in CY16, which is 16 percent lower than the previous year.
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Island: CTC pitches its annual report on ‘Beyond the Smoke’
April 10, 2017: Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) with a 111-year presence in Sri Lanka has pitched its just released annual report on the theme “Beyond the Smoke” to highlight its contribution to the national economy through what is now universally accepted as a highlycontroversial industry.
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Nigeria: War against tobacco firms

November 16, 2016: At the just concluded COP7 in far away Delhi, opinions were divided on how to handle policies against Tobacco firms. The most vocal were that of Nigerian delegates who criticized the organizational handling of policies against them.
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UK: Don’t trust e-cigarette studies, says Cancer Research: Charity urges caution against findings that promote devices as a healthy option
October 13, 2016: Tobacco giants are marketing e-cigarettes as trendy lifestyle accessories rather than quit-smoking aids, a major charity has warned. Cancer Research UK, which usually promotes the use of e-cigarettes as alternatives to smoking tobacco, yesterday accused firms of misleading people with its research.
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India : UI professor slams tobacco companies over paltry pay
October 02, 2016: Low wages paid to workers in the tobacco industry stand in stark contrast to the fortunes made by their employers and earning corporate owners places on the country’s rich list, an academic has said. Tobacco companies only wanted to protect their own business interests and often used the workers argument as a rhetorical shield against tobacco control policies…
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@espionage SA whistleblower uncovered
September 24, 2016 : Johannesburg – The whistleblowers behind the Twitter handle @espionageSA, who leaked thousands of pages of information on the illegal spying, corruption and money laundering going on behind the scenes in the tobacco industry, have come out into the open.
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WHO Tobacco Treaty A Threat to Public Health – Reason Foundation
September 16, 2016: Documents released last week by the World Health Organization, in advance of a November meeting in Delhi of its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, show that the WHO has been operating in secret to limit access to new technologies that have enabled millions of people to quit smoking, according to a brief published today by Reason Foundation, a US think tank.
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Savanna to take on BAT giant

September 7, 2016: Harare – Zimbabwe’s Savanna Tobacco aims to take on well-established players across the African continent as it grows its market. The company, which in July bought the Remington Gold brand from local manufacturer Cut Rag Processors, plans to add at least four countries to its portfolio a year. It is currently in Zimbabwe, but is also found in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Big Tobacco fights back: how the cigarette kings bought the vaping industry

Mai 27,2015: At the end of 1999 Kingsley Wheaton found himself in the middle of a coup d’état. At 23, he had joined the cigarette manufacturer Rothmans, who sent him to Dubai. When British American Tobacco acquired Rothmans, Wheaton was given the option of relocating to West Africa.
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Eliminating child labour in Malawi: a British American Tobacco corporate responsibility project to sidestep tobacco labour exploitation

Mai 30, 2006: Malawi has the highest incidence of child labour in southern Africa.1 Malawi produces 6.6% of world burley tobacco exports,2 accounting for over 70% of Malawi’s foreign earnings.3 Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco (BAT) purchase most…
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MALAWI: Global leaf companies control the tobacco market in Malawi Otañez
JULY 24, 2007: Malawi (fig 1) is the 13th poorest country in the world.1 In all, 76% of Malawians, survive on less than US$2 (£1.02, J150) per day.1 Malawi derives 65% of its foreign earnings from tobacco, making Malawi the most tobacco-reliant country in the world….

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Social responsibility in tobacco production? Tobacco companies’ use of green supply chains to obscure the real costs of tobacco farming
APRIL 19, 2011: Background Tobacco companies have come under increased criticism because of environmental and labour practices related to growing tobacco in developing countries. Methods Analysis of tobacco industry documents, industry websites and interviews with tobacco farmers in Tanzania and tobacco ….

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MALAWI:  Tobacco Companies’ Use of Developing Countries’ Economic Reliance on Tobacco to Lobby Against Global Tobacco Control: The Case of Malawi
OCTOBER 2009: Transnational tobaccomanufacturing and tobacco leaf companies engage in numerous efforts to oppose global tobacco control. One of their strategies is to stress the economic importance of tobacco to the developing countries that grow it…
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Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies’ Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy
2009: Cigarette companies and their lobbying organization used tobacco industry–produced films and videos about tobacco farming to support their political, public relations, and public policy goals. Critical discourse analysis shows …

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This report – Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report – provides an international overview ranking 205 countries/ jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists those that have finalized requirements for pictorial warnings. Regional breakdowns are also provided. This report is in its fifth edition, with the fourth edition dated September 2014.

Tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control activities at the World Health Organization:

Evidence from tobacco industry documents reveals that tobacco companies have operated for many years with the deliberate purpose of subverting the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control tobacco use.

Technical resource for country implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3:

This technical resource presents information to support the implementation of the Article 5.3 Guidelines by sharing practical action steps and best practices and examples applicable to the implementation of Article 5.3.

Tobacco industry interference with tobacco control

This document describes the spectrum of tobacco industry practices that interfere with tobacco control and provides Parties to the WHO FCTC the background and contextual information that may assist in implementing the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 guidelines.

Tobacco industry and corporate responsibility … an inherent contradiction
This document has been developed by WHO’S Tobacco Free Initiative, pursuant to WHA Resolution 54.18, Transparency in Tobacco Control Process, that “calls on WHO to continue to inform Member States on activities of the tobacco industry that have negative impact on tobacco control efforts”.

The Development of Philip Morris’s position on environmental tobacco smoke for its website
This paper focuses on the development of Philip Morris’s position on Environmental Tobacco Smoke [ETS] for its websites. It also addresses how Philip Morris set out to develop the content and format of its websites to communicate with opinion leaders and the general public in a way that would enhance the company’s image.

Tobacco Industry Targeting of Women and Girls
The tobacco companies have long understood the importance of women and girls in the overall market for cigarettes and as a source of new customers. They have developed some of the most aggressive and sophisticated marketing campaigns in history for reaching and influencing women and girls.

Tobacco Company Marketing to Kids

Tobacco industry documents, research on the effect of the cigarette companies’ marketing efforts on kids, and the opinions of advertising experts combine to reveal the intent and the success of the industry’s efforts to attract new smokers from the ranks of children.

Tobacco Company Marketing that Reaches Kids: Point of Sale Advertising and Promotions

Point of sale (POS) advertising and promotions refer to a variety of marketing practices, including signs on the interior and exterior of retail stores, functional items like counter mats and change cups, shelving displays, and coupons and other price discounts that reduce the price for the consumer.

Cigarette Company Youth Access Initiatives: Fake and Ineffective

To block the rigorous enforcement of effective federal, state, or local laws to prevent illegal sales of tobacco products to youth, the tobacco industry regularly claims that its own voluntary “anti-youth-access” programs will adequately protect against such sales to kids. But those voluntary programs are inherently flawed….

Tobacco Companies Cannot Survive Unless Kids Smoke

The big tobacco companies have initiated massive public relations campaigns to persuade government policymakers and the public that they are now responsible corporate citizens. Central to this effort are the tobacco companies’ claims that they do not market to kids. But they are lying.

Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids

Philip Morris (Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Benson & Hedges): “Marlboro’s phenomenal growth rate in the past has been attributable in large part to our high market penetration among young smokers … 15 to 19 years old . . . ”

The tobacco industry documents: What they are, what they tell us and how to search them. A practical manual
This is a manual about the tobacco industry documents released by US-based tobacco companies as a result of lawsuits filed against them in the USA.

The FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference
The Union’s FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference provides step-by-step guidance on the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference.