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New York - Bloomberg To Give $220M To World Tobacco Control

Published on: March 22, 2012 08:31 AM
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New York - Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who has made reducing smoking one of his signature causes as mayor of New York City, is committing $220 million to his charity to go toward reducing tobacco use in countries that are home to millions of smokers.

He was expected to announce his four-year commitment to Bloomberg Philanthropies at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore on Thursday. The new commitment will bring the total amount he has directed to his eponymous charity to over $600 million since 2007.

“Tobacco kills every day, so we need to keep the fight moving forward and keep the momentum going,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Bloomberg, who made his fortune in the financial services industry, was ranked fifth on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of 50 of the “most generous donors” for 2011.

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His new commitment will go toward evidence-based initiatives including smoke-free laws, graphic pack warnings and raising taxes, charity officials said. The focus will be on country-level change, particularly in China, India, Indonesia, Russia and Bangladesh, which officials say account for the largest share of tobacco use in the world.

As mayor of New York City, Bloomberg has steered public health policy to ban smoking in restaurants, bars, parks and beaches; launch numerous advertising campaigns to alert consumers to the hazards of tobacco use; and raise the price of cigarettes through taxes.

James Colgrove, a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and author of “Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York,” said there was a great deal of evidence supporting the tobacco reduction initiatives that Bloomberg Philanthropies and the city have pursued.

“Tobacco related illnesses is a huge global epidemic. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death,” he said, adding that Bloomberg Philanthropies is one of a number of organizations that have committed to reducing tobacco use worldwide. “This is a priority for the entire public health and medical profession.”

Tobacco is linked to the death of 6 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Most deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.


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 Mar 22, 2012 at 09:04 AM lamdan Says:

What a shud so many kollelim & frum moisdos need money & he goes gives it away to some third world countries very sad

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 Mar 22, 2012 at 09:40 AM qazxc Says:

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lamdan Says:

What a shud so many kollelim & frum moisdos need money & he goes gives it away to some third world countries very sad

At least he puts his money where his mouth is. Just like mosdos that support candidates who best represent their own values until a candidate promising better value$ comes along.

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 Mar 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM Eagle Says:

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lamdan Says:

What a shud so many kollelim & frum moisdos need money & he goes gives it away to some third world countries very sad

Mosdos don't need money. There are many many people who can't work or orphans and widows who need money... but im not telling bloomberg what to do with his money, that would not be politically correct.

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 Mar 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Good. Tobacco is the most addictive drug and one of the deadliest out there. Mr. Bloomberg's gift will help save many lives.

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 Mar 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM oiber-chacham Says:

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lamdan Says:

What a shud so many kollelim & frum moisdos need money & he goes gives it away to some third world countries very sad

saving lives (even non jews) much more important than giving money for yeshiva's,
PIKUACH NEFESH,trumps all the MITZVO'S

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