Global NGOs Call on Namibia to Stand Strong against Tobacco Industry Bullying

In response to British American Tobacco (BAT)’s threats to sue the government of Namibia, a global network representing more than 50 countries is calling on the government to make public health a priority and stand strong in the face of industry bullying. The Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) sent a letter to Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Richard Kwemi urging the government to protect current and future generations from tobacco addiction, disease, and death. NATT members are also calling on Dr. Kwemi to invoke Article 5.3 of the global tobacco treaty (formally known as the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control), which obligates ratifying countries to protect their health policies from tobacco industry interference, as a tool to stand up to BAT.