Big tobacco, Interpol & Codentify: potential problems with industry product tracking systems

In 2013, Tobacco Control published an article which examined Codentify, an industry tracking and tracing standard (click here for open access full text). It traces events from 2011, when Interpol accepted a substantial donation from Philip Morris International. Shortly afterwards, in 2012, Interpol announced the creation of the Interpol Global Register (IGR) to help ensure authenticity […]

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Jamaica: United Way charity under pressure over tobacco industry links

Tobacco industry corporate philanthropy and social responsibility has been under the international spotlight recently with the revelation that the American Red Cross continues to accept tobacco industry donations, despite concerns of the International Red Cross that US Red Cross risks damaging the global reputation of the network. Accepting tobacco industry donations is particularly problematic for charitable […]

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Victory for tobacco’s victims. Victory for public health. Victory for society.

by Cynthia Callard Directrice, Service d’information sur les procès du tabac Association pour la santé publique du Québec​ “Knowingly exposing people to the type of dangers that the Companies knew cigarettes represented without any precaution signals being sent is beyond irresponsible at any time of the Class Period. It is also intentionally negligent.” Justice Brian […]

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Canada: Smokers awarded $15 billion in damages as tobacco companies ordered to pay

Quebec, Canada. Three tobacco companies have been ordered to pay $15 billion in damages after losing a historic court case. In making his judgement, THE HONORABLE BRIAN RIORDAN, J.S.C, wrote: “these companies colluded among themselves in order to impede the public from learning of health related information about smoking, a collusion that continued for many decades […]

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