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Tobacco Industry Efforts to Counter the Perceived Threat of Islam (4) Cigarette advertising versus tobacco control

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I have done a quick Google search and the data suggest that cigarette companies spend more than 600 times as much money on cigarette advertising and promotion, as compared with the total spending by countries on tobacco control.... For every 5,000 USD in tobacco tax revenue, countries spend about 1 USD for tobacco control... In collaboration with the New York Law School, HIFA has previously shown that 'governments have a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure progressively that all citizens and health professionals have access to the healthcare knowledge they need to protect their health and the health of others'. Very few countries are meeeting their obligations with regard to tobacco control.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, a partnership of 18 international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. He started his career as a hospital doctor in the UK, and has clinical experience as an isolated health worker in rural Ecuador and Peru.  For the last 20 years he has been committed to the global challenge of improving the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries. He is also interested in the wider potential of inclusive, interdisciplinary communication platforms to help address global health and international development challenges. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Digest and INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). He is based near Oxford, UK.  Twitter: @hifa_org FB:     neil.pakenham-walsh AT 

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