Big Tobacco tries to corrupt MP

This September 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

We’re quitting smoking, so why is Big Tobacco booming?

Smoking rates are falling in the UK, US and much of Europe. Forty-five per cent of Brits smoked in the 1960s and 70s, compared with just 15% today. You would think this was bad news for cigarette profits, but tobacco companies are making more money than ever. They claim they no longer market traditional cigarettes, but behind-the scenes tactics suggest otherwise. Leah Green explains how the most successful business enterprise in history has weathered its fall from grace.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The British tobacco corporation Imperial Tobacco Benelux has approached GroenLinks party MP Paul Smeulders for a lobbying job. Smeulders denounces this effort to recruit staff extensively on Twitter. “I am not in favour of being asked for this as a sitting member of parliament”, he says.

Smeulders and his party are strongly opposed to the tobacco industry. GroenLinks has made recordings of the telephone conversation. …

In the various videos that GroenLinks shows, it is clear that the recruiter who works for the tobacco corporation suggests that especially a GroenLinks MP who is strongly opposed to smoking would be useful for the company.

In the Netherlands, lobby contacts between the tobacco industry and politics, such as ministries and MPs, are undesirable. …

The Netherlands also signed the World Health Organization (WHO) anti-smoking convention on January 6, 2014. In it, eg, countries agree to give as much openness as possible about the tobacco industry including lobbying, that is, influencing politics.

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