India requests that states do not work with PMI funded anti-smoking group

The federal health authority in India has written to the chief secretaries of all individual states advising them not to work in partnership with the Foundation for a Smoke Free World. The organisation was established in 2017 with the aim of eliminating cigarette use but receives $80m each year in funding from Philip Morris International raising questions about conflicts of interest. Philip Morris International has recently urged the Indian government to create a regulatory framework for iQOS, its heated tobacco product.