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Taking on Big Tobacco at the Global Tobacco Treaty Negotiations

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You've been hearing about your great success in advancing the global tobacco treaty's lifesaving measures during the latest round of meetings (otherwise known as COP: Conference of the Parties). Much to its chagrin, Big Tobacco agrees.

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JL A. (275)
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:32 am
Straight from Big Tobacco: public health ruled at treaty meetings
You’ve been hearing about your great success in advancing the global tobacco treaty’s lifesaving measures during the latest round of meetings (otherwise known as COP: Conference of the Parties). Much to its chagrin, Big Tobacco agrees. Your support is impacting its bottom line. Nice work!!

The industry rag, Tobacco Reporter, recently published an article written by a "senior tobacco industry executive." Half the article is filled with complaints about the World Health Organization’s steadfastness in protecting the meetings from tobacco industry interference. The executive was particularly miffed that you helped remove industry representatives from the meetings.

Here’s a snippet:
"A dominant theme throughout the COP was tobacco industry interference. It soon became clear that any dissenting opinions from moderate Parties [read: Parties friendly to the tobacco industry], requests for balancing the rights of various stakeholders, and calls for mutually supportive implementation of various conventions would be dismissed summarily."

Thank you for standing up to Big Tobacco. Together, we’re ensuring public-health policy isn’t dictated by this deadly industry.

Taking on Big Tobacco at the global tobacco treaty negotiations
November 16, 2012
Bobby Ramakant
Challenge Big Tobacco
Bobby Ramakant advocating at the WHO's global tobacco treaty negotiations

Hello, friends!

I arrived in Seoul, South Korea last week from Lucknow, India, and was happy to greet familiar friends and new colleagues from around the world. We all are here for the negotiations of the World Health Organization’s global tobacco treaty, the world’s first public health and corporate accountability treaty.

I’ve been advocating for public health at these negotiations for almost a decade, working alongside my colleagues from Corporate Accountability International’s Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), a coalition of more than 100 organizations in 50 countries.

As in years past, we bring to these negotiations a strong, unified advocate voice from around the world. And, as in years past, Big Tobacco is doing its best to thwart the progress of the treaty – from sneaking its representatives onto delegations to supporting front groups like farmer and retailer associations to distract from the real work of advancing the world’s most proven and effective tobacco control measures.

This year, as I watch the industry’s tactics unfold before my very eyes, I’m more convinced than ever: NATT’s lifesaving presence here is so crucial.

We have the strategy, determination and conviction it takes to stand up again to Big Tobacco. Already, in just a few short days, we have gained great ground in realizing the full potential of this lifesaving plan for public health. In fact, on the first day, all ratifying countries took a great step forward by unanimously approving the landmark protocol to eliminate the illicit trade of tobacco.

And I know I wouldn’t be here without the support of you, Corporate Accountability International members and supporters. It takes all of us together to take on this industry. Thank you for making the vital work at these negotiations possible.

Bobby Ramakant works with the Indian Society Against Smoking, ASHA Parivar, and Citizens News Service as the Director of Policy and Programmes. In 2008, he earned the World Health Organization Director-General’s World No Tobacco Day Award.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 15, 2013, 10:43 am
Thanks for sharing.

JL A. (275)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:39 pm
You are welcome Marianne.

Carol D. (109)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:42 pm
Its a pity they dont stand up to the NRA in the same way

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JL A. (275)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last week.

Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:36 pm
Small steps success, but at least something.. another one of the David vs Goliath fights.

JL A. (275)
Friday February 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 12:55 pm
Thanks for info.

JL A. (275)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 1:52 pm
You are welcome Mary.

Birgit W. (145)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:34 pm

JL A. (275)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 5:47 pm
You are welcome Birgit

Claudia Acosta (25)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:50 am
Follow the strategy... thanks for sharing.
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