Exclusive: Documents reveal Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the world’s anti-smoking treaty
NEW DELHI/LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) is waging a secret campaign to subvert the World Health Organization's anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to save lives by curbing tobacco use, a Reuters investigation published today reveals.
In one of the largest-ever tobacco industry leaks, internal Philip Morris International documents seen by Reuters, combined with reporting in 14 countries, expose a clandestine lobbying operation that stretches from the Americas to Africa to Asia.
In internal emails, Philip Morris executives take credit for the watering down of anti-smoking measures at the biennial meeting of the tobacco control treaty, known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or FCTC. The thousands of pages of documents reviewed by Reuters also include Philip Morris plans to set up a "global project team" for "achieving scrutiny" of tobacco control advocates. [...]global health health law policy international public health regulation tobacco