A draft activist letter to the WHO Executive Board is circulating widely on email networks – so widely that it has even been sent to me. It is a response to an open letter from the Foundation for a Smokefree World to the WHO Executive Board, which is having its annual meeting 24 January – 1 February, 2019.
I won’t be signing the activist letter, but I would like to suggest that others who are inclined to sign think carefully before they put their name and reputation behind this one. I recommend asking seven questions before signing:
Does the letter truthfully reflect the approach of the Foundation?
Does the letter truthfully reflect the approach of PMI?
What is the Foundation actually doing that you don’t like?
Would you be criticising what are, in fact, positive developments?
Are you opposed to public health benefits if tobacco companies make money as a result?
Are you joining the enemies of innovation?
Are you joining a mob?
Here is the draft activist letter that I received: