It’s broadly believed that the American humourist and mathematician Tom Lehrer deserted comedy as a result of Henry Kissinger was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for bombing Cambodia. A daring new entry into the beyond-satire stakes is a web-based gender equality convention held by the Monetary Occasions in partnership with, of all folks, Philip Morris Worldwide (PMI).
Maybe that is to have fun the truth that lung most cancers now causes more women’s deaths than breast most cancers? Or the large work the tobacco business is doing to increase smoking rates among women in components of the world the place these nonetheless lag behind males?
The explanation Tom Lehrer really gave for returning to academia was that “the headlines used to make me giggle, now they simply make me indignant…. it’s onerous to be humorous and indignant on the identical time.” If this was simply the tobacco business entertaining itself with some “feminism for the 1%” it could be unhealthy sufficient. What’s infuriating is the listing of people who ought to know higher who’re ready to lend their credibility to the train. Marketed audio system embody Megan O’Donnell, the Assistant Director, Gender Program on the Centre for Global Development, Irene Natividad the President of the World Summit of Girls, Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, Claire Barnett Govt Director, UN Women UK and Helen Grant MP who’s a former Parliamentary Below-Secretary of State for Justice and for Girls and Equalities.
The 2018 Cape Town Declaration asserts that the actions of the tobacco business are incompatible with the human proper to well being. The cultivation, manufacturing, processing and disposal of tobacco merchandise creates a considerable burden on the environment, felt primarily in low and center earnings international locations whereas the earnings accrue to transnational companies within the world north.  The tobacco business has been recognized as a serious impediment to the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals. 
Philip Morris Worldwide is without doubt one of the world’s most prolific killers of girls—participation of their bogus company social accountability actions is an ethical outrage.
Nicholas S Hopkinson, Reader in Respiratory Drugs, Nationwide Coronary heart and Lung Institute, Imperial School, London, medical director of the British Lung Basis and Chair of ASH. @COPDdoc
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- Zafeiridou, M., N.S. Hopkinson, and N. Voulvoulis, Cigarette Smoking: An Evaluation of Tobacco’s World Environmental Footprint Throughout Its Whole Provide Chain. Environmental Science & Expertise, 2018. 52(15): p. 8087-8094.
- UN Growth Programme, The WHO Framework Conference on Tobacco Management an Accelerator for Sustainable Growth. http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hiv-aids/-the-who-framework-convention-on-tobacco-control-an-accelerator-.html, 2017.