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How tobacco industry interferes in Nigerian, other African countries’ policies – Report

"The tobacco industry, in at least five countries, engaged in high levels of unnecessary interactions with governments. These took the form of trade and partnerships, enforcement of laws, social activities and economic development agenda." The tobacco industry stepped up corporate social responsibility activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploiting opportunities provided by the infectious disease to engage...

BAT’s UK headquarters oversaw and financed a South African corporate spy ring

High-level employees from British American Tobacco’s U.K. headquarters oversaw a corporate espionage ring in South Africa, buying expensive surveillance equipment that was later used to illegally spy on the company’s competitors, leaked documents show. Allegations that British American Tobacco’s (BAT) South African unit had bribed law enforcement agents to disrupt its competitors’ operations hit headlines...

One Hundred Tobacco Control Experts Urge WHO to Adopt Harm Reduction

On October 18, 100 tobacco control experts called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to accept the reality of safer nicotine alternatives. The letter, which harshly criticizes the WHO for its hostile stance against tobacco harm reduction (THR), arrives ahead of a gathering of the 182 countries that belong to the health agency’s Framework Convention on Tobacco...

Philip Morris, Altria banned from importing or selling Iqos tobacco device in the U.S.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that Philip Morris International and Altria must stop the sale and import of the Iqos tobacco device. The decision is the result of a patent case filed by rival R.J. Reynolds. The trade agency found that the cigarette alternative infringed on two of Reynolds’ patents. The import and sales ban will take effect...

There Are No Holds Barred In Big Tobacco’s Fight For Africa

Several shocking new reports, released by tobacco industry watchdog STOP and covering whistleblower accounts and leaked industry documents, have laid out the latest damning evidence of the tobacco industry’s relentless campaign of dirty dealings in Africa. Tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT) apparently ran a mass surveillance operation to spy on its rivals, as well as doling out...

Nigeria: BAT unveils sustainable investment in environment

British American Tobacco in West and Central Africa (BAT) has unveiled its sustainable investment in the environment as it launched a sustainability show corner at the company’s state-of-the-art factory in Ibadan, Oyo state. The sustainability corner exhibits several end products obtained from the recycling of waste generated at the Ibadan factory. Some of these include tissue...

South Africa: Cost to health far more than R12bn in taxes tobacco generates, says health expert

Dr Yussuf Saloojee, director of the National Council Against Smoking, has said that South Africa's anti-tobacco lobby needs to create more effective messages to counter the tobacco industry's focus on the economic role it plays and the taxes it pays. Saloojee was speaking at the launch of the 2021 Tobacco Industry Interference Index for South...

BAT disowns condemned ‘LYFT’ illegally in Kenyan market

The British American Tobacco (BAT) has disowned the highly addictive and nicotine-laced oral cigarettes dubbed Lyft being sold illegally in the Kenyan market. BAT Chief Executive Officer Crispin Achola disassociated the firm from the poisonous tobacco-free modern oral nicotine pouch being sold in the Kenyan market. The new development puts officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority...

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa New STOP reports reveal how BAT ran a mass surveillance operation and informant network in South Africa and made questionable payments totaling $600,000 in 10 other African countries New York, September 13, 2021 – Two new analyses...

Driving Addiction: Tobacco Sponsorship in Formula One

When will F1 catch up to other sports and ban tobacco sponsorship? In 2021, the tobacco industry is projected to spend an estimated $105 million on Formula 1 sponsorship. The staggering amount confirms a concerning trend: Tobacco industry spending in F1 has increased, reaching its highest levels since 2006—the year tobacco companies were supposed to be...