The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA calls on ILO to cut ties with Tobacco Industry

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) joins the calls on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to end its cooperation with the tobacco industry. The FCA is amongst the initial signers of an open letter to the members of the ILO Governing Body that are due to vote on the matter during their meeting in Geneva from 26 October – 9 November 2017. The ILO is one of the last UN agencies to follow the recommendation of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) to refuse any form of collaboration with the tobacco industry. On its date of publication (16 October), more than 180 organisation had signed the open letter to the ILO.

 

Statement by the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

The global tobacco control community remains deeply concerned by the creation of the so-called “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”, funded exclusively by the multinational tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI).

In its 14 Oct. issue, The Lancet published four pieces on the Foundation, including one by its head, Derek Yach.“The articles in the most recent issue of The Lancet have, if anything, raised our level of alarm,” said Francis Thompson, Executive Director of the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control (FCA). The FCA is a global alliance of nearly 500 member organisations in more than 100 countries.

FCA notes that there is a long and tragic history of tobacco companies funding questionable research to delay effective measures to reduce deaths from smoking. Aware of their lack of credibility on health, Philip Morris and other tobacco companies also have a lengthy track record of paying third parties to advance their arguments and providing funds for what they describe as independent research efforts.