Health Groups Urge U.S. Chamber Board Members to Withdraw if It Doesn’t End Global Lobbying for Tob.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
WASHINGTON, DC – Five leading U.S. public health organizations today called on members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to withdraw from the Chamber unless it stops fighting measures to reduce tobacco use around the world.
The health groups sending the letter are the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Legacy.
View the full text of the letter.
The letter follows a recent investigative series in The New York Times that exposed how the U.S. Chamber has worked systematically in countries around the world to oppose public health measures that reduce tobacco use. The New York Times’ articles revealed how the U.S. Chamber has used strategies that include directly opposing countries’ tobacco control policies; pitting countries against each other in lengthy, expensive international trade disputes; and influencing international trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies.
In response to the New York Times’ coverage, CVS Health resigned from the U.S. Chamber.