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Iraq: Despite Embargo, Baghdad Gets Winstons; Who's to Blame?
by Steve Stecklow and Alix M. FreedmanThe Wall St. Journal
October 30th, 2002
Immediately after the Persian Gulf War ended in 1991, billions of Winstons and other American-brand cigarettes began turning up inside Iraq. Even now,the flow continues.Under U.S. trade sanctions, companies that make cigarettes in the U.S. can't knowingly sell them in the Iraqi market -- either directly or through intermediaries -- unless they obtain a license from the U.S. government.

UK: Tobacco Advertising Ban Passed
by Mike PeacockReuters
October 21st, 2002
LONDON -- Legislation to ban tobacco advertising in Britain cleared its last parliamentary hurdle on Monday and is set to become law.

World: WHO Chief Renews Attack on Tobacco
by Clare NullisAssociated Press
October 15th, 2002
GENEVA -- Warning that delay means more deaths, World Health Organization chief Gro Harlem Brundtland urged governments Tuesday to agree to sweeping anti-smoking restrictions and tighter controls on the tobacco industry.

Brazil: Tobacco Makes Farmers Sick
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
February 4th, 2002
Tobacco companies are jeopardizing the health of Third World tobacco farmers who are required to use dangerous pesticides under exclusive contracts that hook them to company credits, according to a report released Monday by a major development group.

Japan: Tobacco Firm to Profit from Cancer Vaccine
by Sarah BoseleyThe Observer
November 11th, 2001
One of the world's biggest tobacco companies aims to make billions of pounds from the diseases caused by cigarette smoking through deals with biotech companies for the exclusive rights to market future lung cancer vaccines.

USA: Oil Firms Fund 'Tobacco Terrorism'
by John CreedAnchorage Daily News
November 7th, 2001
We interrupt our regularly scheduled sense of decency for the following heart-breaking news bulletin: A huge tobacco company is spreading disease across our state with help from Williams Alaska Petroleum and Tesoro Alaska.

USA: Negotiator In Global Tobacco Talks Quits
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
August 2nd, 2001
The top U.S. official working on an international treaty to reduce cigarette smoking worldwide has resigned at a time when the United States is embroiled in contentious negotiations with more than 150 countries on how to counter the rising global use of tobacco.

Korea: Seoul Backs Down on Proposed Cigarette Tariff
by Renee KimBloomberg News
June 14th, 2001
South Korea backed down from plans to impose an immediate 40 percent tax on imported cigarettes, opting to introduce the tariff in 10 percent increments over four years, starting in July, to avoid potential trade conflicts.

USA: Jury Orders Philip Morris to Pay Record $3 Billion
by Jessica Wohl and Brad DorfmanReuters
June 7th, 2001
Shares in Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and other tobacco companies slipped on Thursday after a jury ordered the cigarette giant to pay a record $3 billion in damages to a smoker, but investors remained calm amid expectations the verdict will be overturned or reduced.

World: U.S. Under Fire Over Tobacco Treaty
by Frances WilliamsFinancial Times
May 7th, 2001
Negotiations on an international tobacco control treaty failed to make progress last week as anti-smoking groups accused Washington of siding with the tobacco industry in trying to water down the draft.

Switzerland: Activists Demand Tougher Tobacco Treaty
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
May 2nd, 2001
Flaws plague the draft of an international anti-smoking treaty being discussed this week in talks sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), charge civil society groups, particularly because proposed bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship have been watered down.

USA: Big Tobacco Busted Again
by James Cruickshank and Fran AbramsThe Independent (U.K.)
March 25th, 2001
Two of the world's biggest tobacco manufacturers knowingly sold cigarettes worth billions of pounds to Latin American drug barons and to a smuggling ring based in Britain, according to documents seen by the Independent on Sunday.

USA: Bush Cabinet Ties to Tobacco Lobby
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
January 21st, 2001
Thompson, Ashcroft and Norton are among a number of figures in the Bush administration who have been relatively helpful to the tobacco industry and who could take positions that would signal a marked change in the federal government's approach to cigarette makers.

World: WHO Denounces Interference by Tobacco Industry
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
January 16th, 2001
The tobacco industry exerted pressure in Switzerland throughout recent decades to prevent the approval of stricter measures against smoking, says a study sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

USA: Ten Worst Corporations of 2000
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 3rd, 2001
Here is the annual Top 10 Worst Corporations of 2000 list compiled by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman. This year, rushing to the head of the pack of irresponsible biotech companies was the French corporation Aventis, the maker of Cry9C corn, sold under the name StarLink.

USA: Europeans Sue Big Tobacco
by Suzanne DaleyNew York Times
November 7th, 2000
The European Commission said today that it had filed a civil lawsuit in the United States against the Philip Morris Company and the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company seeking damages for what it called their involvement with organized crime in smuggling cigarettes into Europe.

Africa: WHO Enlists Politicians in Anti-Tobacco War
by Judith AchiengInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
The World Health Organisation (WHO), is targeting African policy-makers, to counter the intensified marketing campaigns by tobacco multinationals in the continent.

World: WHO Starts Talks On Tobacco Treaty
UN Wire
October 18th, 2000
Government representatives began discussions Monday in Geneva on a proposed anti-tobacco treaty for preventing smoking-related deaths, which are predicted to reach 10 million annually by 2030.

USA: Anti-Tobacco Activists Add Video to Arsenal Before Framework Talks
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
September 27th, 2000
Anti-tobacco activists have added a new weapon to their arsenal in advance of next month's negotiations in Geneva for a global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

World: Cigarette Firms Tried to Foil WHO, Say Investigators
by Gordon FaircloughWall Street Journal
August 1st, 2000
World Health Organization investigators say Philip Morris Co. and other multinational cigarette makers worked for years to discredit the agency and thwart its efforts to curb smoking around the globe.