Philip Morris quotes

On their harmful products When asked the question, “What would you do with your manufacturing plant if scientists proved that cigarettes were a cause of cancer?” in 1997, Philip Morris CEO Geoffrey Bible answered, “Shut it [the manufacturing plant] down instantly.” “If our product is harmful, we will stop making it.” Philip Morris Vice President…… Continue reading Philip Morris quotes

Questions for Dr Tedros Adanhom, one of the three candidates for WHO Director General

Dr Tedros Adanhom, until recently Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister and previously Ethiopia’s Health Minister, is one of the final three contenders for the 2017 Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The current Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, has spoken out loudly and clearly about her views on the tobacco industry and its terrible global…… Continue reading Questions for Dr Tedros Adanhom, one of the three candidates for WHO Director General

Please sign this petition to the Ethiopian government to stop its expansion of tobacco farms and cigarette production that will harm millions of Ethiopians

  Please click on the following link and sign the petititon if you believe it is wrong for the Ethiopian government to expand tobacco farms, and increase cigarette production and smoking rates in Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries on Earth: https://www.change.org/p/gizachew-hagos-stop-expansion-of-tobacco-farms-and-cigarette-production-in-ethiopia In 2016, the Ethiopian government made a huge financial deal to the sum…… Continue reading Please sign this petition to the Ethiopian government to stop its expansion of tobacco farms and cigarette production that will harm millions of Ethiopians

It is a sad situation when we fear writing an academic medical article that supports the health of poor Ethiopians

           Over three years ago, not too long after I arrived in Ethiopia as a volunteer professor of Medical Biochemistry, I witnessed the gradual appearance of hundreds of posters advertising Rothmans cigarettes, a brand of British American Tobacco (BAT), appearing all over Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. After numerous enquiries, I…… Continue reading It is a sad situation when we fear writing an academic medical article that supports the health of poor Ethiopians

Namibia, reject China’s expansion of tobacco in Africa!

Photo source: http://www.worldnotobaccodayafrica.org/assets/img/child-smoking.jpg Namibia’s Lands Minister must be wise and reject an application by a Chinese tobacco company to invest in a huge tobacco plantation there. http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2016/09/tobacco-project-in-ministers-hands/ The WHO predicts that the African region will be one of only two areas of the world where smoking prevalence will increase by 2025. Africa is heading towards…… Continue reading Namibia, reject China’s expansion of tobacco in Africa!

Indonesia’s Disgraceful Friendship with Smoking and the Tobacco Industry

Indonesia is heading towards having the highest number of smokers of any country. It’s hardly surprising. Indonesia is known as the “tobacco industry’s playground.” 1) Over two-thirds of adult Indonesian men smoke. 2) The average age of inititaion of smoking is 7 years old. 3) Almost a third of chldren under 10 years old smoke…… Continue reading Indonesia’s Disgraceful Friendship with Smoking and the Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International bid huge sums of money to invest in Ethiopia’s smokers

The information here was based on, and is a discussion of, the following article published on May 24, 2016, (author, Dawit Endeshaw): http://allafrica.com/stories/201605240890.html Three of the richest tobacco companies globally recently bid for part-ownership of Ethiopia’s only tobacco company, National Tobacco Enterprise, as the government put shares in the company up for sale. Japan Tobacco International bid…… Continue reading British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International bid huge sums of money to invest in Ethiopia’s smokers