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India asks states not to tie-up with Phillip Morris-led anti-smoking group

The company says it works independently, but WHO has said there are "clear conflicts" due to the $80 million in annual funding the foundation receives from Philip Morris

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

India's health ministry has asked all state governments in the country not to partner with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) because of its links to tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Established in 2017, the FSFW focuses on eliminating usage of cigarettes and works towards smoking cessation using new technologies and alternative products. It says it works independently, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there are "clear conflicts" due to the $80 million in annual funding the foundation receives ...

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First Published: Sun, June 30 2019. 19:03 IST