Questions on tobacco deals, cholera epidemics, torture, oppression, and party political ideology for Dr Tedros Adanhom, one of the three candidates for WHO Director General

The Great Tobacco Plague

img_20170116_113649A young street boy sells cigarettes and other items on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (January, 2017). Sales of single cigarettes and sales by minors, and to minors, under 18 years old, is illegal in Ethiopia, but the laws are not enforced.

img_20170103_141524A poor 5-year-old girl sells cigarettes and chewing gum for her mother on a busy roadside in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, January 2017.

Dr Tedros Adanhom, until recently Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister and previously Ethiopia’s Health Minister, is one of the final three contenders for the 2017 Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The current Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, has spoken loudly and clearly about her views on the tobacco industry and its terrible global health impact.

In particular, on many occasions Dr Chan has expressed her concerns about governments cooperating with tobacco companies and working against tobacco control policies in their own countries.

In 2016…

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