Topic: Tobacco Industry

NEWS: Overview Alcohol Policy-Related WHA69 Decisions

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly landmark decisions – an overview
The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly (WHA69) closed today after approving new resolutions on WHO’s Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA); the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); tobacco control; road traffic deaths and injuries; HIV, hepatitis and STIs; and integrated health services…

PRESS RELEASE: Civil Society: NO To Corporate Capture Of WHO

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, IOGT International and other civil society organizations have expressed their concerns about the proposed Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). Together they issued a press release and statement that was addressed to the Member States of the WHO…

NEWS: Civil Society: No To Corporate Capture of WHO

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, IOGT International together with other civil society organizations (CSOs) has voiced grave concerns about the current Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). Together the more than 60 CSOs issued a press release and statement that was addressed to the Member States of the WHO. Civil society fears corporate capture of WHO and undermining of public health policy norms in the future…

REPORT: Comparison Of Big Tobacco And Big Alcohol

This article examines whether there is a sufficient rationale for such different regulatory approaches, through a comparative analysis of the political economy of the tobacco and alcohol industries including the structure of the industries, and the market and political strategies they pursue.
Despite some important differences, the extensive similarities which exist between the tobacco and alcohol industries in terms of market structure and strategy, and political strategy, call into question the rationale for both the relatively weak regulatory approach taken towards alcohol, and the continued participation of alcohol corporations in policy-making processes…

REPORT: Reassessing Policy Paradigms: Comparison Of Global Tobacco, Alcohol Industries

In contrast to tobacco, alcohol is subject to less stringent forms of regulation, and the alcohol industry continues to play a central role in policy-making in many countries and at the global level. This article examines whether there is a sufficient rationale for such different regulatory approaches, through a comparative analysis of the political economy of the tobacco and alcohol industries including the structure of the industries, and the market and political strategies they pursue…

BLOG: Unholy Alliance: How African-American Stars & Big Alcohol Exploit Black People

Beyonce, Jay-Z and other African-American super stars – despite often being parents themselves – make an unholy alliance with Big Alcohol and by endorsing and promoting alcohol brands expose black youth to an avalanche of alcohol glorification; this really puts already vulnerable and marginalized youth in harms way…

PRESS RELEASE: Civil Society Warns Of Corporate Capture Of WHO

Over 50 public interest non governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations and social movements have sent an open letter to WHO’s Executive Board members – who are meeting this week in WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. The NGOs call for an end to the tortured process of the development of a proposed “Framework for Engagement with Non State Actors” (FENSA) that from the start, 4 years ago, has been set on the wrong track…

OPEN LETTER: Joint Open Letter: Civil Society Has No Confidence In Stalled FENSA Process

We the undersigned members of public interest non governmental organisations, civil society organisations and social movements wish to address you on the critical issue of the integrity, independence, and credibility of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its ability to fulfill its constitutional mandate…

NEWS: Irish Schools Set To Ban Alcohol Industry Material

As Minister for Education asks schools to ignore teaching resources from alcohol industry, Irish schools are set to ban alcohol industry material. Over the coming weeks, all schools in Ireland are to receive a directive from the Department of Education asking them not to engage with any “educational” material developed by the alcohol industry…