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Malaysia & the tobacco industry: Let the evidence speak for itself

29 March 2024 Recently, on 15 March 2024, the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Health, Datuk Lukanisman Awang Sauni, revealed in Parliament that pressure and lobbying from the tobacco and vape industry had influenced a “decision” on the anti-smoking bill, against including the generational endgame (GEG) provision. In 2023, although Malaysia appeared to be the first

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Dirty Ashtray and WHO FCTC Article 5.3 infuriate the tobacco industry

Despite tobacco industry efforts to criticize, undermine and frustrate the recent tenth session of the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP10) in Panama, the meeting ended with several good decisions. The tobacco industry and its representatives published criticisms and heaped insults on the COP10 process and tobacco control advocates.  But Parties serious about tobacco

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“Top employer”: To produce a product that kills half its customers

26 January 2024 Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is boasting its achievement in receiving certification as top employer for the 10th consecutive time. But in its announcement, it omitted providing a more complete the picture of what its 46,000 employees located all around the globe do at work everyday – produce, promote and market a product

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2023: The good, the bad and the ugly

2023 had mixed outcomes for tobacco control. The tobacco industry was on full throttle expanding its business while governments and international agencies continued to play catch-up with tobacco control. We had some wins with policy advancement while others faced challenges from Big Tobacco (PMI, BAT, JTI and Imperial Brands) as it undermined government efforts and

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Tobacco industry’s double standard: Corrective statement in USA but promoting tobacco business in ASEAN

20 August 2023 Starting July 1, the tobacco industry in the US will make corrective statements describing the health effects and addictiveness of smoking in retail stores for three months. These new statements which are the result of a court order, must be placed in highly visible spots within the stores, designed to be eye-catching

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PMI’s Smoke and Mirrors: Aggressive Cigarette Promotions Contradict its “Smoke-Free” Claims

10 May 2023 By Irene Reyes At the recent Philip Morris International annual Shareholders Meeting held on May 3, 2023, the company celebrated its USD 31.76 billion profits for 2022, claiming the  company is building a “smoke-free” future through its new products – electronic smoking devices. Nothing can be further from the truth about its

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DigitAll: Use innovation and technology to free women from tobacco & vape trap

8 March 2023 March 8, 2023: Today, women and girls around the globe mark International Women’s Day to close the gender gap, acknowledge existing problems and celebrate wins. The theme DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for gender equality is wake-up call on how Big Tobacco’s harmful business uses technology to drive gender inequality instead of solving it.

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Spontaneous combustion – Yet another reason to ban e-cigarettes

27 February 2023 According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the number of e-cigarette battery air incidents has tripled since 2019, based on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database. E-cigarettes were the leading cause for lithium battery incidents on aircraft in 2022. The FAA has been recording incidents of fires involving lithium batteries

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