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The French daily Le Monde published on April 14 an article ( full access reserved to subscribers) focusing on the Foundation, under the title "The secret war of Philip Morris against WHO and the tobacco control experts', subtitle "The main cigarette manufacturer has created a foundation to lift the limitations... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Honest Feedback
As for now (April 8, 2021) Derek has only hosted one interview in 2021, on February 9 for the podcast. Is there a future for this podcast? What is its audience? Does it deserve a future? The Foundation's blog that was never very prolific has produced 3 articles (all in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at Honest Feedback
Darshita Gillies is not mentioned any longer on the page devoted to the Board of Directors. I found out while visiting on February 2nd but I was unable to find out when (and why) she left. She had joined the Board on August 9, 2018. She was interviewed by Derek... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Honest Feedback
Le blog Journalisme et Santé Publique est de nouveau accessible, avec au moins 729 billets/chroniques postées par Jean-Yves Nau entre juillet 2011 et juillet 2020 sur les thèmes du tabagisme, de la réduction des risques, de la cigarette électronique, dont j'ai dressé une liste chronologique ci-dessous qui inclue le lien... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at THR Rendez-vous
Jean-Yves Nau, le talentueux et prolifique auteur du blog Journalisme et Santé Publique, créé en 2011, est mort le 8 novembre 2020. Peu de temps après, le nom de domaine qu'il utilisait, jeanyvesnau.com n'a pas été renouvelé et l'accès au blog a été bloqué. Si cette situation perdure, si le... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at THR Rendez-vous
The domain name for Jean Yves Nau's blog Journalisme et Santé Publique has not been renewed and all his work cannot be accessed any longer :( jeanyvesnau.com est arrivé à expiration dernièrement ! Oh non ! « Journalisme et Santé Publique » n’est pas disponible depuis le domaine jeanyvesnau.com actuellement.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at THR Rendez-vous
Listen to Mark Slis's testimony on September 12, 2019 (posted on YouTube). I know it's a repeat from my previous post :) Worth repeating. You can read the transcript below. Thank you again Mark. I also suggest you read this May 2020 article about the lawsuit filed by Mark Slis... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at THR Rendez-vous
Jean-Yves Nau, who died on November 8, was an extraordinary French public health journalist. I assume he was largely unknown in the English only speaking/reading world as he essentially wrote in French about medicine and public health issues for many, many years for Le Monde (1980 to 2009), and then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at THR Rendez-vous
Tina Claeys, Assistant Grants Manager, based in London, Valeria Bleymann, Grants financial officer, "lives in Scotland" (any relationship with Kayleigh?), Linda Cruze, Executive Assistant to the Legal Counsel (since March 2020), Pamela Appel, Senior Director "scientific exchange and communications" (hired since June according to Linkedin) Pamela according to Linkedin, is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at Honest Feedback
I have decided to stop publishing (at least for now) THR-rendezvous in English because I think it is strategically more important for me to devote time to what in happening in France. To be part of the debate in France, French is the language to use. Voilà. Thank you for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at THR Rendez-vous
According to Philippe Poirson (use the translation tool if you don't understand French) Philip Morris would have cut its yearly contribution by half, from $80 million to $40 million, sometimes in September. Any comment from the Foundation? As of today there was nothing on their website. During his recent interview... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at Honest Feedback
Caitlin Shure. (Linkedin not updated for FSFW), Senior Com Manager, writer Evan Hahn, since March 2020 Executive Producer for the podcasts, not listed on the FSFW website, Linkedin profile Carolyn Farnsworth, not listed as staff on the website but as author on the blog, copy editor for FSFW on Linkedin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Honest Feedback
While the FSFW has not communicated about what one past employee called a 'strategic shift', it is possible thanks to the archive.org site to compare the list of the staff (as posted on August 25 2020) to the list as of October 1st 2020. In the Executive team, 3 are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Honest Feedback
Visiting the Foundation's website I found out Charles Gardner (who was the only and closest of an advocacy person) was not listed any longer as staff. Apparently he is not the only one to have departed as of September 2020: tobaccotactics (click on main staff on the left) notes: "In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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What did I try to do? I tried to figure out how the Foundation spent the money. It's not easy to figure out as the only source is the 990 forms that are only published once a year (in May). An expense or a grant awarded in January of 2020,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
First read this extract from the FSFW's Strategic Plan 2019-2021: Midpoint update (July 2020) and note the points with the yellow background. "Approaching the back end of the first Strategic Plan period, the Foundation is aligning resources to address COP9 in November 2021. The Foundation’s plan is to amplify research,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
FSFW videos (mostly very short -under 10 sec- clips) on Linkedin Following the advertising mantra of very short clips, under 8 sec for Linkedin, 10 minutes for YouTube. On the FSFW YouTube channel, very small audience and the average duration remains very brief, around 2/3 minutes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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This is what David posted -pro bono- in the Nicotine Policy Group on July 31 (one of many such posts) BAT and JTI results: Reduced Risk Products Still Doing Well Both BAT and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) have released second quarter results. The BAT info is available here, and JTI... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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The original cartoon that had TAXES and Prevention as captions was by my dear late friend Jean-Claude Marol who did a lot of great illustration work about tobacco control issues. 18 years later you are still much appreciated and powerful dear Jean-Claude. I miss you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Honest Feedback
The videos listed on the FSFW website are classified among 5 categories. Very limited audience. Category Agriculture and livelihoods: 12 videos Launch of ATI (dec 2018) posted April 4, 2019, 15 minutes, 259 views The true cost of a cigarette, 15 minutes, oct 10, 2018, 504 views, Category Health and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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We saw that the FSFW intends to support a worldwide New Deal for tobacco farmers, starting with Malawi. While wishing them all the best and hoping the funds invested by FSFW do improve the lot of small tobacco farmers I do think this is essentially wishful thinking and extremely presumptuous.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Honest Feedback
As a native of South Africa, Derek Yach probably intended not to forget Africa when he decided on the main missions of FSFW. The Agriculture Transformation Initiative is described in the recent Context for Strategic Plan document, pages 14 to 17, (PDF). It makes for interesting reading with the good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Honest Feedback
I am reading now Whistleblower and as I am humbled by Susan Fowler's amazing courage and persistence, I completely recognize her feeling of being betrayed by the very people who are supposed to help and protect you. No way HR is ever going to go against the hierarchy. My story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Honest Feedback