The World Health Organization and Bloomberg are pushing a global anti-smoking campaign called MPOWER. A Bloomberg Philanthropies-financed report outlines six strategies – beginning with each letter in MPOWER - to fight the tobacco industry and enhance the WHO's reputation as the industry's greatest enemy. According to the New York Times, it's the first report to compile global data on the number of tobacco smokers/chewers in each country, how much they pay in tobacco taxes, and how antismoking efforts are faring, the Times adds.
Strangely, a statement by Mayor Bloomberg explaining that the report would grade countries annually contradicted statements by WHO officials that countries would not be graded. The Times adds that the report was presented like a campaign for menthol cigarettes, “to catch the eyes of health and finance ministers in poor countries.”
According to The Washington Post, WHO is avoiding the scare tactic in favor of the theme "fresh and alive." Press materials came with a box that looks like a pack of cigarettes and contains a pad and pens describing the elements of the campaign.
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EU regulators are investigating Microsoft's software file format as an “international standard.”
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