WHO appoints outside experts to review alleged tobacco industry attempts to ‘undermine’ UN-wide tobacco control efforts



Monday 11 October 1999
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Press release Thursday 11th October 1999

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WHO APPOINTS OUTSIDE EXPERTS TO REVIEW ALLEGED TOBACCO INDUSTRY ATTEMPTS TO “UNDERMINE” UN-WIDE TOBACCO CONTROL EFFORTS

Statement from ASH (London)

ASH has today pledged to support WHO’s inquiry into alleged attempts by the tobacco industry to undermine UN-wide efforts to reduce the global harm caused by tobacco.

ASH will hand over a number of documents to the inquiry which we have uncovered in our searches of the public depositories of tobacco industry documents, set up following recent litigation in the United States. We are encouraging other health groups to do the same.

Emma Must, International Campaign Manager at ASH, said:

“There is a strong suspicion that the tobacco industry has been using its money and influence to stop the UN doing anything effective to prevent millions dying from smoking, especially in the Third World.”

“Anything that will flush out the industry’s underhand tactics will make the process work better, and stop the tobacco companies sabotaging important future initiatives like the forthcoming Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”

“If the tobacco industry’s activities remain unchecked, the annual global death toll due to smoking related diseases will reach 10 million by 2030, with 70% of these deaths being borne by developing countries.”

 

Contact Clive Bates, Director (0207) 739 5902
Emma Must (0207) 739 5902

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