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A message from World Stroke Organization President, Prof. Werner Hacke

As you may have read, last week a new initiative was launched named the Foundation for a Smoke Free World. This foundation – whose leadership includes former WHO official Dr Derek Yach – is a tobacco-industry-funded initiative, set to receive $80 million of annual funding over the next 12 years from tobacco business Philip Morris International (PMI).

Alongside our colleagues at the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the World Heart Federation, the World Stroke Organization condemns this initiative in the strongest possible terms as an attempt by the tobacco industry to interfere in, and subvert, public policy. Read more