Ad­vo­cates urge UN body to shut door on Big To­bacco

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS -

GENEVA – Op­po­nents of Big To­bacco say a de­ci­sion by the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion to stop ac­cept­ing funds from the in­dus­try is a step in the right di­rec­tion, but are urg­ing the U.n.-backed agency to go fur­ther and “com­pletely shut the door.”

On Thurs­day, the ILO agreed not to re­new a con­tract with Ja­pan To­bacco In­ter­na­tional next month - a de­ci­sion that ended, for now, the in­flu­ence of the to­bacco in­dus­try in the last U.N. in­sti­tu­tion to which it had links.

Mafoya Dos­soumon, spokesman for the Frame­work Con­ven­tion Al­liance, which unites some 500 anti-to­bacco in­dus­try groups, says the ILO move was a “good thing.” How­ever, he said Fri­day his group wanted more clar­ity about ILO plans to en­act “ap­pro­pri­ate safe­guards” about its fund­ing sources, and cau­tioned it’s pos­si­ble Big To­bacco could re­turn.

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