According to the article, Chan is reported to be bringing the tobacco industry to its knees. She’s made it absolutely clear that her number one enemy moving forward is Big Tobacco. And she’s doubled down on the fact that she has one goal in her tenure: to “make sure that the tobacco industry goes out of business.”
This zealous stance is apparently putting the industry and its global business into a nightmarish fit, and the industry is characteristically acting out just like a grumpy toddler would if he were made told to stop throwing rocks at other children.
Thankfully, Chan and WHO don’t appear to be backing down anytime soon. However, as many analysts know, it only takes one conclusive figure to shut up the debate: tobacco products kill six million people a year.
It should be noted that last year was a major victory in the anti-tobacco world. Initiatives such as the World Health Organization upping of cigarette taxes to around 75% were certainly successful enough to influence overall cigarette sales in Europe and put the tobacco industry on guard.
Moreover, as the implementation of the 2014 directive approaches, the WHO is attempting to limit Big Tobacco’s influence within the EU by curbing countries’ acceptance of them in their respective halls of politicking. They have also urges countries to develop their own track-and-trace systems to compete with Big Tobacco’s own ludicrous concoction known as Codentify, which would prove disastrous if it were the established technology by creating cover for counterfeit tobacco manufacturing and sales, and thereby diverting potential tax revenue to their own pockets.
The World Health Organization has even taken to defending countries embroiled in lawsuits with Big Tobacco who might otherwise be unable to defend themselves against the juggernaut law teams employed by the industry, who often claim that anti-tobacco measures are an infringement on their free market abilities to reap profits. Many times, such nations do not have economies to confront Big Tobacco’s lawsuits, and therefore WHO has stepped in to provide lawyers so that anti-tobacco legislation can continue uninterrupted.
Many in the anti-tobacco world are applauding the work done by Margaret Chan against Big Tobacco. They believe that it’s finally time to have someone truly serious about the role of presiding over the health of the world’s citizenry, and believe that the problem starts and ends with Big Tobacco.
According to one activist, “Chan represents the very best of the agenda we are trying to set in order to limit the corruptive and poisonous activities of Big Tobacco”. This activist pointed out that Big Tobacco has only profit in mind and represents a gruesome reality whose only goal is to turn ourselves and our children into addicts.