‘Corona-washing’: How the tobacco industry is advancing its interests in the midst of the pandemic | UICC

This is a sobering thought during the pandemic and do read the blog post (link below). Tobacco marketing is insidious and takes advantage of the cover of “philanthropy”.

In addition to maintaining its profitability during the pandemic, the tobacco industry is trying to present itself as a positive stakeholder in global health and not as an industry with the core business of promoting harmful products.Many companies are responding to the global crisis and have switched or adapted their product lines to meet needs for health-preserving or life-saving devices and tools, such as ventilators by the car industry, breathing masks from the sports and textile industries, or perfume industry producing hand sanitiser. The tobacco industry is similarly aiming to position itself as part of this solidarity movement.Recent days have witnessed the emergence of a series of new tobacco industry tactics to reform their images, such as British American Tobacco (BAT) announcing the development of a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2(link is external) using tobacco leaves, or Philip Morris International donating 50 ventilators Greece(link is external) to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.This is certainly ironic if not downright hypocritical, given the numerous deleterious effects of tobacco use on health, particularly with regard to serious respiratory diseases, lung cancer and cardiac dysfunctions.

‘Corona-washing’: How the tobacco industry is advancing its interests in the midst of the pandemic | UICC