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Response to “Playing with Children’s Lives: Big Tobacco in Malawi"
by Alain Berthoud, ECLT Foundation Acting Director
March 10th, 2008

Global Trends in Tobacco Use
by World Bankhttp://www1.worldbank.org/tobacco/chapter1.asp
January 10th, 2006
From the World Bank's "Economics of Tobacco Control."

The Tobacco Timeline
by Tobacco.orghttp://www.tobacco.org/History/Tobacco_History.html
January 10th, 2006
From Tobacco.org, a history of the weed.

Tobacco Companies Linked to Criminal Organizations in Lucrative Cigarette Smuggling
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
March 3rd, 2001
When Tommy Chui failed to show up at the grand opening of his wife's new boutique in downtown Singapore, alarm bells rang 1,600 miles away in the offices of Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Tobacco Control and the FCTC in Developing Countries
Framework Convention Alliance
December 1st, 2000
According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco use is set to cause an epidemic of heart disease and cancer in developing countries. Currently, 4 million people die each year from tobacco use, but that number is set to rise to 10 million a year by 2030. In addition to premature death, smokers suffer from an ongoing degradation of their health due to smoking.

About the San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
June 30th, 1997
The Tobacco Free Coalition sponsored a ground breaking forum to set an agenda for global tobacco control policies in San Francisco on Monday May 19, 1997. At the Forum the Coalition presented its Global Tobacco Control Policy Framework which outlines actions that can be done locally to address the global impact of tobacco.

The Global Impact of Tobacco
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition and the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
Regulations on the local, State, National, and International level have been enacted as evidence mounts on the dangers of smoking to smokers and nonsmokers alike. These regulations have, in large part, been initiated by local communities.

Tobacco's Impact on the Economy
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition and the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
The Tobacco Industry and its allies use economic analysis to argue against tobacco control policies by stating that they will create havoc on jobs, tax revenues, tobacco farmers and the economy in general. These same arguments are used around the world to promote tobacco production and industry in countries that could put their resources to more humane and health promoting uses.

Say No to Menthol Joe Community Crusade, Next Steps!
National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI)
June 30th, 1997
The next step in the national Say No to Menthol Joe Community Crusade is to apply pressure to the Walgreens Pharmacy chain to get them to stop carrying Camel menthols. Remember we are not going against all Camels in this action because the other versions have loyal followings. We are going against Camel menthols and menthol lights to get a clear victory against Big Tobacco.

WORLD: Tobacco's Impact on the International Community
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition and the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
According to the World Health Organization, in 25 years tobacco related disease will kill 8.4 million people annually -- more than 3.5 times the number of people it kills today. Most of this increase will occur in developing countries where the Tobacco Industry has been working hard to open markets to promote its product, especially to women and youth, to ensure its profits.

The Tobacco Industry and Dirty Politics
INFACT
June 30th, 1997
The tobacco industry offers a compelling case study in the breakdown of democratic principles. Facing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of their deadly product in the US, tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco set the pace for the spending frenzy of 1996. Philip Morris was the #1 contributor overall in the federal election cycle, and spent over $12 million to lobby federal officials in just the first six months of the election year. RJR Nabisco was a top corporate donor, especially of unregulated ''soft'' money, and is a pioneer in ''astroturf'' lobbying to rally its consumers behind the corporate agenda.

Tobacco's Impact on the Environment
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition and the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
''The unheralded scandal of the tobacco industry is the damage to land in developing nations'' was the message of a presentation delivered at the Fifth World Conference on Smoking and Health in Canada on July 12, 1983.(1) This discussion paper will adddress, in more detail, the links with tobacco and deforestation, pesticide use, land use, environmental degradation, fires, litter and pollution.

Perspective from Malaysia's Consumers Association of Penang on the Tobacco Settlement
Third World Network
June 30th, 1997
While the tobacco settlement in the US is termed, ''a landmark agreement once unimaginable'' and a ''turn around'' we here in Asia cannot remotely share in the rejoicing. On the contrary what it means is we have to brace ourselves for a further onslaught of more aggressive marketing of American cigarettes here.

Facts on Asians and Pacific Islanders and Tobacco
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
June 30th, 1997
Here are some facts about the effects of smoking and tobacco on Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Conspiracies of Silence: The Global Settlement and Corporate Power in the USA
by Richard GrossmanProgram on Corporations, Law & Democracy
June 23rd, 1997
My friend the ghost of Tom Paine says that tobacco corporations are fronts for drug dealers that poison and addict people, and sabotage the Constitution. He does not believe that we should allow such corporations to exist. The only conclusion a reasonable Person can come to, he says, is that we should revoke the charters of these corporations, put their executives in jail, and divvy up the assets among their victims.

Statement of John R. Garrison, CEO, American Lung Association on Global Tobacco Bailout
American Lung Association
June 20th, 1997
Here is a statement from John R. Garrison, the CEO of the American Lung Association on the global tobacco bailout.

Statement by the Communities of Color in the United States on Private Negotiations
The Onyx Group
June 6th, 1997
Many individuals and organizations within communities of color in the United States are concerned about the content and form of negotiations that are currently underway between the tobacco industry and attorneys general and lawyers for victims of tobacco.

The Tobacco Industry Impacts on Tanzania
by Ross HammondSan Francisco's Forum On Global Tobacco Control Policies
May 19th, 1997
Tanzania, a country twice the size of California, is located in East Africa, just south of Kenya. Last year I was there for 3 months researching the impact of World Bank and IMF economic policies on the country's small farmers who make up the overwhelming majority of the population. Recently, Tanzania overtook South Africa to become Africa's third biggest producer of tobacco, after Zimbabwe and Malawi.

San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition's Global Tobacco Control Policy Framework
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
May 7th, 1997
The San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition will actively work in solidarity with domestic and international grassroots communities, groups, organizations, government agencies, and Ministries of Health to promote social, economic, and environmental justice. As 33% of San Franciscans are immigrants, the Coalition believes that it must think globally and act locally in the development of a Global Tobacco Control Policy Framework.

Letter from Reverend Jesse Brown to RJ Reynolds
by Reverend Jesse BrownChrist Evangelical Lutheran Church
February 6th, 1997
Sent approximately February 6, 1997 -- giving RJ Reynolds 30 days to withdraw Camel mentholated cigarettes. As a result, RJ Reynolds met with Rev. Brown and NAAAPI. The issue is still under debate.

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