Who ‘Owns’ Tobacco Control in the WHO?

I have often wondered how it is that there seems to be a world-wide ‘consensus’ about ‘Tobacco Control’ which transcends such deadly afflictions as Ebola, Zika, filthy water (with which TV adverts constantly batter our minds and demand our money), famine and malnutrition. Is it not really weird? Most people in the healthy, wealthy West live to a good age, despite the possibility that those people who enjoy tobacco might just live a little less long than people who only inhaled sulphurous factory chimney smoke and diesel exhaust fumes and such. There are very good statistics for mortality in the healthy, wealthy West, but are there similar good stats for, say, the dark continent of Africa?

What it comes down to is ‘easy targets’. ‘Easy targets’ distract attention from ‘hard targets’. It is becoming more and more obvious that Tobacco Control is ‘fake news’.

And there is a simple reason for that. It distracts attention from the innate contradiction in the UN’s Millennium Goals. The contradiction is this:

“Burning fossil fuels is causing global warming. That burning must be stopped to save the world. But the only way to improve living standards in the third world is to provide energy, mostly electrical energy, which can only be economically produced by burning fossil fuels”

What could be a better way for the UN and its offshoots to distract attention from that global deficiency (electric energy) than banging on and on about ‘tobacco epidemic’?

My blathering is not unsupported.

Some time ago, I ‘linked into’ The Lancet – a medical journal. I get emails from them when the next publication has occurred. And so I received this month’s offering. One article was about smoking prevalence and so I clicked on it. Here is the full title of the article:

Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 

Here is the link:

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30819-X/fulltext

I would not recommend that people should waste their time reading the article. It is just repetitive propaganda. For example, here is the first para:

Background.
The scale-up of tobacco control, especially after the adoption of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, is a major public health success story. Nonetheless, smoking remains a leading risk for early death and disability worldwide, and therefore continues to require sustained political commitment. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) offers a robust platform through which global, regional, and national progress toward achieving smoking-related targets can be assessed. 

The report seems to have been massive. I do not know how long it took to assemble, but it must have cost a fortune. I must admit that I was not surprised to see this:

Funding.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the whole intention of the report was to produce fake news, and there is plenty of it. Tobacco Control has  been a massive success story. Maybe the important word there is ‘story’.

The whole report is self-congratulatory – deliberately intended to impress political sycophants no doubt (meaning those MPs who just want to be on the winning side).

But here is the really, really important thing:

[My bolding]

The 2030 agenda features tobacco control as a key component to sustainable development, with SDG Target 3.a calling for stronger FCTC implementation.24 Nonetheless, the utility and potential impact of the SDGs on tobacco control may be hindered by the vagueness of Target 3.a (“Strengthen the implementation of the WHO FCTC in all countries, as appropriate”) and absence of defined targets for reducing smoking prevalence by 2030. Ultimately, to move all countries toward stronger tobacco control by 2030, improvements in policy formulation, enforcement and compliance, and the routine monitoring of smoking behaviour are urgently needed. Without valid and reliable data, these efforts risk being more aspirational than grounded in evidence-informed action. Multi-country survey series have substantially improved data availability on smoking prevalence, yet the disadvantages associated with such surveys—high cost, time lags, inconsistent questions across survey series, sample restrictions for young populations, and a reliance on self-reported smoking behaviour—necessitate the development of robust, locally focused, timely, objective, and low-cost methods of tracking smoking trends. Supplementing surveys with biomarker collection is essential because self-reported smoking prevalence is believed to be severely underestimating true smoking prevalence,72, 73, 74, 75 especially in population subgroups or places where tobacco use may not be culturally acceptable.

A key component to sustainable development.

That is, Tobacco Control IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE MILLENNIUM GOAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

Why?

The clue lies in a statement some time ago (20 years?) by a UN Bigwig. The millions of acres of land being used to produce tobacco crops should be used to produce food. That is the Millennium Goal. Arable land should produce food, preferably vegetables and not animals for meat.

But I say again:

Funding.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

I doubt that those funders just cough up the money without having major inputs into what the objective of the report is. It follows that Bloomberg and Gates control much of Tobacco Control in the WHO, UN, etc.

But what is important is not the involvement of Gates and Bloomberg. What is important is the wholesale commandeering of taxation.

 

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8 Responses to “Who ‘Owns’ Tobacco Control in the WHO?”

  1. castello2 Says:

    Sad and unbelievable to me a few years ago. They should be incorruptible by money but the power and lust for recognition must drive them?

    • junican Says:

      The whole point is that TC is accountable to no one. The FCTC created a monopoly and it is incomprehensible that, say, the UK did not demand accountability. If you spend money on a project, you expect a visible outcome. Thus, if you set up a hostel for homeless people, at great expense, the least that you expect is that the facility will remove such people from the streets. You might also expect that such people will be given help in finding a job and a home, no matter how humble.
      No such accountability exists regarding TC. There is no external audit. Only their own claims of success are seen.

      • castello2 Says:

        Thanks. Good explanation. I don’t understand why billionaires would want to participate in such a scam.

      • Rose Says:

        To offset their tax bill perhaps?

  2. Smoking Lamp Says:

    Excellent analysis. It needs to be widely shared.

  3. yvonnebones Says:

    I listened to this podcast on Youtube: Joe Atwill on Gloria Steinem, Bill Gates, Atomization and Depopulation.

    Nearly 2hrs long. Although I cannot verify the points raised, and some I’d take with a big pinch of salt, some outright cookie, there seems that a lot of the jig-saw pieces fit.

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