Cigarette companies up their fight against anti-tobacco laws

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The tobacco industry is using deceitful and dirty tactics to weaken and undermine the fight against tobacco consumption, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The tactics include legal actions against governments that have been at the forefront of the war against tobacco, exaggerating the economic importance of the tobacco industry and discrediting proven science on the health consequences of tobacco use.

Ahead of the World No Tobacco day to be marked on 31 May, WHO is calling on governments to be extra vigilant against the increasingly aggressive attacks by the industry.

Dr Douglas Bettcher is the Director of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative department.

"The industry has come out of the shadows recently and taken the fight against peoples health to court, intimidating entire countries for example Australia which is now in the process of implementing a best practice plain packaging legislation which will be fully implemented later this year, attacking Norway for their excellent bans on displays of tobacco products, and Uruguay for their excellent tightened tobacco control measures which include some of the best pictorial warnings in the world. We must be outraged by the continuing deceit and blatant greed of the tobacco industry."

Duration: 43"

WHO says Tobacco kills almost 6 million people every year and is one of the leading preventable causes of illness and death around the world.

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