Phillip Morris lobbying to stop World Health Org ‘attack’ on vapes
Extraordinary times in the UK as Dept of Health & Social Care, the NHS, and Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) freakishly end up on the same side as Big Tobacco.
The Guardian today posts a leaked email from Phillip Morris which shows that the firm being Marlboro cigarettes is undertaking a significant lobbying campaign to prevent countries from following the World Health Organisation proposals on limiting vapes and similar products.
Next month the World Health Organisation will hold it’s framework convention on tobacco control in Panama at which delegates from 182 countries will attend. The proposals include greater regulation and taxation of smoke-free products.
The email is from the senior vice-president of external affairs who described the World Health Organisation proposals as a “prohibitionist attack” on smoke-free products and that staff should “any connection, any lead, whether political or technical” before the meeting.
It seems incredible that in the UK the Dept of Health & Social Care, the NHS, and Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) freakishly end up on the same side as Big Tobacco. There’s barely a cigarette paper between them all in their enthusiasm for vaping!