11 Oct '11, 8pm

WHO chief blasts Big Tobacco for “dirty tricks” in opposing tobacco control policies. We agree!

WHO chief blasts Big Tobacco for “dirty tricks” in opposing tobacco control policies. We agree!

MANILA - The World Health Organization's chief on Monday urged governments to unite against "big tobacco", as she accused the industry of dirty tricks, bullying and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking. WHO director-general Margaret Chan accused cashed-up tobacco firms of using lawsuits to try and subvert national laws and international conventions aimed at curbing cigarette sales. "It is horrific to think that an industry known for its dirty tricks and dirty laundry could be allowed to trump what is clearly in the public's best interests," Chan said at a WHO meeting in the Philippine capital on Monday. Chan cited legal actions by the tobacco industry against anti-smoking measures in Australia and Uruguay, saying these were "scare tactics" intended to frighten other countries from following suit. "It is hard for any country to bear the financial burden of this ki...

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