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@TBIJ  Sir Kevin told Dispatches: "I have supported tobacco control for many decades and have been involved in almost every piece of legislation that has restricted the use of cigarettes. Despite these steps we still have nearly 80,000 people dying in the UK from smoking every year...

@TBIJ  ... As an MP I was always very clear that I would work with any person or company who is providing a product that will help to reduce that number. Tobacco companies created this problem and should be responsible for the costs of trying to alleviate the issue”. 12/16

PMI say they have been transparent and “do not claim that IQOS is risk-free or safe”. 13/16

@TBIJ  They say PMI has consistently supported: “the Government’s commitment to make England smoke-free by 2030. To realise this .. current smokers need to be persuaded to quit altogether or switch to less harmful alternatives.” 14/16

@TBIJ  “Critical to this will be a regulatory framework that ensures smokers have the facts about alternatives and that tobacco companies are pushed to phase out cigarettes. 15/16

“We have made this point time and time again to MPs, civil servants, local councillors, journalists and the broader public.” 16/16

The world’s second largest tobacco firm, Philip Morris International has launched a campaign in the UK, saying it wants to create a smoke-free future. But #Dispatches  and @TBIJ  have found that in Indonesia PMI affiliate Sampoerna still promotes smoking.


THREAD: 1/10 Dispatches has found that secret meetings have taken place between senior civil servants and representatives of US pharmaceutical firms where the price the NHS pays for its drugs has been discussed.

8 year old Courtney and her family live off £5 a day - they rely on a food bank to eat and wear coats to bed when there's no money for heating. This is Britain today, where more than 4 million children are growing up in poverty.

"We try not to eat a lot in one day, even though most of us are really hungry." Almost 1 in 3 children in the UK are now growing up poor, like Cameron and his two sisters whose family rely on a food bank to help fill the fridge.

Dispatches discovers how Donald Trump’s allies and US drug giants want to force the NHS to pay more for US medicines. Tahir Amin is a British lawyer based in America who is an expert on drug pricing and on previous trade negotiations.

THREAD: The next UK Prime Minister will soon be chosen by around 160,000 members of the Conservative Party – that's 0.2% of the population. Almost half of the members are now over 65, 71% are male and 97% are white. [1/8] #Dispatches 

“If you ask if I am afraid, I will say yes. But retreat is not an option.” High schooler Vincent has joined Hong Kong’s dangerous fight for freedom, risking his life to defend the future of his city.

Dispatches examines the influence of Dominic Cummings and Seumas Milne, the controversial and unelected advisors to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn - and asks if they are the ones truly shaping the upcoming general election and Brexit.