WHO is concerned about the tobacco industry’s and its agents’ ongoing attempts to advance its interests by influencing public opinion, policymaking, scientific research, and the media in order to promote the use and sale of cigarettes and tobacco products. With recent shocking attacks on prevention organizations, the tobacco company continue to spread false information in the media. The only party with an interest in damaging tobacco control organizations is the tobacco business. The interests of the tobacco business and those of public health policy are essentially at odds with one another. WHO strongly advises all of its members to make sure they are not collaborating with or taking funding from this sector or its front organizations. The interests of the tobacco business and those of public health policy are essentially at odds with one another. WHO encourages all of its members to make sure they are not collaborating with or taking funding from this sector or its front organizations.
The tobacco business erroneously stated that there was no damage from indirect smoke and consciously rejected its products were connected to cancer, something that all nations must not forget. Today’s cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and various other nicotine corporations still engage in this deceptive behaviour by hiding the addictive properties of their products while specifically marketing to children and young people. In prevention or harm reduction policies, the tobacco business has no place. Knowing that its goals are directly at odds with the objectives of public health, the tobacco business should not participate in any project related to developing or maintaining public health policies. The proof that cigarette companies prioritise profit over public health comes from decades of dishonest conduct. The tobacco industry employs a wide range of strategies to obstruct the creation and carrying out of tobacco control policies. Another strategy is to cast doubt on scientific information that supports the harmful effects of nicotine and cigarettes by weakening the authority of WHO and its partners.
In order to reduce tobacco use, WHO and its prevention partners continue to advocate for the passage of evidence-based laws like the WHO FCTC’s MPOWER tobacco control measures. Over 5 billion individuals are now protected from tobacco use because of WHO’s partnership with international tobacco control partners. The tobacco industry’s multimillion-dollar work regularly poses a danger to these significant advancements in tobacco control. The tobacco business, as well as groups and people who support it, are not partners with WHO or its international partners in tobacco control, and they do not collaborate with them or take their money. On the other hand, the WHO and WHO International Agreement on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) employ strategies based on scientific data that have assisted in saving millions of lives. The execution of the WHO FCTC, a binding agreement that was adopted at the World Health Assembly over 20 years ago, must be safeguarded by the international community. During our tobacco control efforts, WHO’s no tobacco section collaborates with governments, academic institutions, NGOs, and foundations at all levels.