david janazzo, Author at Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Foundation Launches First Tobacco Transformation Index

On September 21, 2020, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World launched the first Tobacco Transformation Index. The Index is a tool that aims to accelerate the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use. For the tobacco companies that are already implementing some form of transformation, the Index provides a relative scorecard and benchmark to guide […]

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Blowing smoke in the face of a ban

On May 20, the European Union (EU) implemented a ban on the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes. Though accounting for only about 5% of cigarettes consumed in the EU, menthol cigarettes have long been a target of regulators who view flavors as a device to attract youth to the habit. While the effect on […]

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Menthol Bans and Social Justice: A Case Study

Last November, Massachusetts became the first US state to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. And in February of this year, the House approved a bill to eliminate the sale of these cigarettes at the federal level. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a campaign to enforce menthol bans in New York State under the […]

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Tobacco Transformation Index Builds on SASB Standard

The Tobacco Transformation Index is a tool to accelerate the transformation of the global tobacco industry and the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use. The Index is a complementary action sponsored by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Specifically, the Index monitors tobacco companies’ activities with respect to transforming the industry through: Phasing out […]

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Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs – How it Pertains to Tobacco

In his annual letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, positions climate change as a defining factor in the fundamental reshaping of finance. He outlines several important facets of this shift, including sustainability investing, improved disclosure, advances in technology, not leaving developing markets behind, and ultimately the benefits and risks to the companies. These […]

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