Currently, 113 organizations that represent global health, human rights, consumer protection, and the medical field demand that Philip Morris International cease the production, marketing, and sale of cigarettes.  Tens of millions have died unnecessarily as a direct result of tobacco use.

In 1954, Philip Morris promised to “stop business tomorrow” if it became apparent that cigarettes are harmful to health.  Since then, an overwhelming amount of scientific proof has determined that there is no safe level of tobacco consumption and that cigarettes provide no necessary benefit to their consumers.  However, despite this evidence, sales and consumption continue.

The right to health and the right to life should be upheld. Thus given the deadly nature of tobacco smoke and the extremely addictive nature of nicotine, companies should immediately cease the actions that cause or contribute to the impacts.

Why do companies continue to sell these harmful products? The only possible explanation is that they feel they can still profit from doing so. That decision – to continue a business model that one has admitted is irresponsible – is unacceptable.  In addition, to continue profiting from a product that one knows will kill a significant proportion of their customers when used as intended is monstrous.

We all have it in our immediate power to change the fate of millions of people, perhaps hundreds of millions. Do the right thing by immediately ceasing the production, marketing and sale of cigarettes.

Read the full letter here.

 

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The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), World Medical Association (WMA), International Council of Nurses (ICN), and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) welcome the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which was adopted on July 7th, 2017.  This treaty includes 122 non-nuclear-weapon states.

The TPNW prohibits the development, testing, production, possession, stockpiling, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons on the basis of their catastrophic health, environmental, and humanitarian impacts.  This is a significant step towards eliminating the most destructive weapons ever created.  

The TPNW parties must now work diligently and urgently in order to bring the nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states into compliance with this norm. We urge all states to sign the treaty after it opens for signature at the United Nations in New York on September 20th, 2017.  Thereafter, it must be ratified as soon as possible so it can enter into force.

As highlighted in the GlobalCharter, the WFPHA is committed to protecting the public. This includes protection from the health impacts of nuclear weapons. The WFPHA also call on governments to hold all sectors accountable for the health impacts of their policies and actions, consistent with the intent of the social determinants of health and their responsibilities to strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

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On September 6, 2017 The World Federation of Public Health Associations, along with other Organizations, NGOs and professionals involved in Global Public health, signed a joint letter that was Submitted to the Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urging him to endorse and establish a WHO process to implement a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH).
FCGH aims to create a right to health governance framework. It would be a global health treaty based on the right to health and closing national and global health inequities. It would provide standards to ensure health care and underlying determinants of health, such as clean water and nutritious food, for all, along with an international and domestic financing framework to secure sufficient, sustained funds, while addressing the social determinants of health.
You can read letter to Dr. Tedros requesting his support to advance this proposed global treaty, which would make it legally-binding on governments to assure that everyone’s right to health is realized here.
 
 
 
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afffordable medicinesafffordable medicinesFrom the moment he took office, United States President Donald J. Trump expressed his willingness to direct the US administration to pursue, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations instead of multilateral negotiations.

This January, he signed a Presidential Memorandum regarding the Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement, also called TPP. The TPP agreement was originally signed by twelve member countries including the US, on February 4, 2016, but some of them have not yet ratified it.

The remaining 11 Countries involved in the negotiations are starting to fear that other members will withdraw from the TPP, which originally aimed to cut trade barriers in some of East Asia’s fastest-growing economies.

One area in which the TPP is particularly innovative concerns the protection of intellectual property rights in many commercial sectors, including the pharmaceutical sector, thus making the access to lower-price generic medicines more restricted and difficult for member countries.

For this reason, the health community is concerned about the possible outcomes of the new TPP11 negotiations, following the withdrawal of the US and demands for a more inclusive renegotiation of the terms of the Agreement taking into account the public health needs of countries involved.

On August 25th, sixty-seven health organizations, including The World Federation of Public Health Associations, published an open letter to make their views known to their governments calling to promote health, protect people and guarantee access to affordable medicines in all TPP11 countries.

The WFPHA has been advocating to promote health and well-being, protect populations and prevent diseases for more than 50 years as in its #GlobalCharter for the Public’s Health. It is now time for governments to take into account this approach in their trade and international negotiations!