Michael Bloomberg may be Big Tobacco’s biggest enemy

DEC. 05, 2016

Despite decades of scientific confirmation and reconfirmation that smoking is a menace to your health, the decline of the myth of the Marlboro man, and a World Health Organization treaty on tobacco control signed by 180 countries, we still have a long way to go in the war against tobacco.

While the prevalence of smokers has fallen dramatically in the United States thanks in large part to education campaigns, the big five tobacco companies have found a new market in developing countries. The number of people smoking the leaves globally has remained sky high — 1.1 billion — with an estimated 6 million dying each year from the health effects.

Can Michael Bloomberg make a difference?

The billionaire former mayor of New York has long been a champion of anti-smoking efforts in the United States. He signed into law an act banning smoking in bars and restaurants and increased the tax on cigarettes. In 2006 and 2008, he took his fight global, giving $125 million and then $250 million to help boost the WHO's efforts in low- and middle-income countries. That has made Bloomberg Philanthropies the largest funder of tobacco-control efforts in the developing world.

On Monday, the group announced an additional $360 million commitment to the effort, bringing his total contribution to nearly $1 billion.

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