WHO call to unite against Big Tobacco

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has urged governments to unite against Big Tobacco, accusing the industry of dirty tricks, bullying and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking.

WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan cited Australia’s plan for plain packaging while accusing cashed-up tobacco firms of using lawsuits to try to subvert national laws and international conventions aimed at curbing cigarette sales.

"It is horrific to think that an industry known for its dirty tricks and dirty laundry could be allowed to trump what is clearly in the public's best interests," Dr Chan said at a forum of Western Pacific nations in the Philippine capital yesterday.