Topic: Tobacco Industry

MEMBER NEWS: India: HRIDAY Research Exposes Netflix and Big Tobacco

HRIDAY research exposes an alliance between Netflix and other streaming services and Big Tobacco in India.
A recent study conducted by HRIDAY has found that online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime often violate Indian tobacco marketing regulations on movies and TV shows that they stream…

NEWS: WHO Foundation Established to Support Critical Global Health Needs

The World Health Organization has established the WHO Foundation to support critical global health needs. The Foundation will fund the WHO and trusted partners to deliver on the Organization’s “triple billion” goals. These goals aim to: protect 1 billion people from health emergencies. But concerns remain about the ethical standards of the WHO Foundation around its corporate partnerships and donors. Health harmful industries such as the alcohol industry are seeking to break their way into WHO through corporate social responsibility schemes to undermine WHO’s credibility, influence its normative guidance and derail its policy-making processes. It remains to be seen which firewalls against conflicts of interest the new WHO Foundation will set up and implement…

NEWS: Movendi Supports New Call for Human Rights Treaty

A new call has been issued for governments and member states’ delegations to the Human Rights Council to make all efforts possible to continue advancing towards the adoption of a Binding Instrument on Transnational Companies and Other Business Enterprises. Movendi International is supporting this new call to a global treaty to address human rights abuses of transnational corporations, such as major alcohol producers…

MEMBER NEWS: Movendi Members Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

In the ongoing public health crisis that is COVID-19, Movendi International members are responding in impressive and inspiring ways. There is a vast number of member organizations who are running critical initiatives as part of the fight against the novel coronavirus and for the protection of people, families and communities. Initiatives range from information campaigns in the most marginalized villages, to online meetings and workshops, to offering healthy activities and coping advice for children, to making protective equipment and delivering face masks.
Here, we are compiling a worldwide overview of how Movendi International member organizations are stepping up in the face of this unprecedented public health crisis…

REPORT: Alcohol: Global Health’s Blind Spot

Alcohol control is in dire and urgent need of the strong champions within the UN system afforded to tobacco control. Academics and health professionals have called for a framework convention on alcohol control; however, before this guidance can be made, the global health community needs to recognise its blind spot…

NEWS: Big Alcohol’s Fundamental Conflict of Interest

Increased alcohol consumption leads to increased negative health and development impacts, but also to increased sales for the alcohol industry, placing public health and development interests in an inherent and direct conflict with corporate interests.
Four key examples from around the world illustrate this fundamental conflict of interest…

BLOG: 4 Clues To Explain Big Alcohol’s Fundamental Conflict of Interest

Increased alcohol consumption leads to increased negative health and development impacts, but also to increased sales for the alcohol industry, placing public health and development interests in an inherent and direct conflict with corporate interests.
In this compelling article, Maik illustrates the obvious conflict of interest between the private profit interests of the alcohol industry and the public interest in health and development by exploring four key examples from around the world…

NEWS: Lancet Commission on Child Health Highlights Alcohol Harm

A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission Highlights Alcohol Harm and Alcohol Policy Solutions
The World Health Organization (WHO), together with UNICEF and The Lancet have issued a new Commission on the future for the world’s children. The WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission is set to lay the foundations for a new global movement for child health that addresses two major crises adversely affecting children’s health, well-being and development; and the Commission presents high-level recommendations that position children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The first sentences of the Commission’s Executive Summary outline the two crisis…

BLOG: 3 Reasons Why The Alcohol-Cancer Link Is A Social Justice Issue

Alcohol-related cancer deaths are a global public health crisis. For breast cancer globally, alcohol is the single biggest risk factor. In total, alcohol-related cancer causes 650.00 deaths every year. But awareness and understanding of the alcohol-cancer link remains shockingly and a far cry from the levels of awareness of smoking and cancer. In this blog post, Maik argues that this is not only a public health issue but really a matter of social justice. He explores three dimensions that include the role of the alcohol industry, the behavior of individuals and the wider dimension of policy change…

NEWS: Germany: Every 5th Person Can’t Afford Healthy Lifestyle

According to a new study by PwC every 5th person in Germany can’t afford a healthy lifestyle.
45% of Germans say they suffer from at least one chronic disease, which go hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles fueled by private industry interests such as alcohol, tobacco use, and poor nutrition. PwC, an auditing firm, conducted a survey to explore why Germans are not changing their lifestyle to healthier behavior.
What they found is that a fifth of the respondents said a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and enough exercise was not affordable to them. Social isolation may also be playing a role, as 14% of the respondents claimed to be isolated…