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TCCC urge ILO to break links with the tobacco industry and comply with the FCTC


In the past 15 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has received more than $15 million USD from tobacco corporations for joint programmes. The ILO’s closeness to the tobacco industry violates a article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which establishes a firewall between the tobacco industry and public health policymaking.

However, in the latest in a series of high-profile disaffiliations, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will have to decide whether it, too, will finally sever ties with Big Tobacco. The decision, set to come at its governing body meeting this month, could close one of the tobacco industry’s last-remaining avenues of influence to the United Nations.

Today (16th October) in a letter delivered to government representatives of the ILO Governing Body, public health and labour leaders from around the globe called on the representatives to vote for an end to the ILO’s public-private partnerships with the tobacco industry.

The Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre, one of the many signatories to the letter, is itself very careful not to receive tobacco industry funding or to be perceived to be influenced in any way by them. We hope the ILO does the right thing.

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