Daily Archives: May 10, 2010

Philip Morris consolidates cigarette-making operations in Richmond

Tucked between the new high-speed cigarette-makers and pack-loaders in Philip Morris USA’s giant South Richmond plant, there now are lots of head-high, Plexiglas-walled boxes.

Tobacco regulator faults BAT crop insurance cover

Tobacco in Africa

Tobacco control and the collateral damage of conflict of interest

Discussion of conflict of interest is not new to this journal; one variation on the theme concerned the appointment of a pharmaceutical industry executive to the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We now turn to a similar controversy that erupted recently with respect to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) when it came to public attention that the chair of their board of governors had an affiliation with the tobacco industry. IDRC, a Crown agency, funds tobacco control programs among many other initiatives. Their board chair, former Cabinet minister Barbara McDougall, had been on the board of directors of Imperial Tobacco Canada since March 2004 and had chaired its corporate social responsibility committee. This was not declared in the IDRC’s announcement of McDougall’s appointment to their board in January 2007, or when she became board chair in December of that year.