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29 February, 2024

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Dear Neil,

There can be no agreement between public health and the alcohol industry because the interests of both parties are frankly opposite.

Dr Chan is a professional who was given the responsibility of directing the WHO. As a technician and WHO-DG, her opinions had weight and influence when proposing options or suggesting instruments or measures, but the last word always lies with WHO- States Parties gathered at the World Health Assembly and on their own countries.

There is no reason for the Alcohol Industry to participate in the formulation of alcohol regulation policies, if the objective is to reduce the health and social problems linked to alcohol consumption.

The reasons why States do not regulate alcohol effectively would be several: the powerful lobby of the alcohol industry, the lack of knowledge of governments about the alcohol problem, the lack of knowledge and involvement of health professionals. health on the subject and corruption.

Kind regards,


Dr. Eduardo Bianco

Director, Addiction Training Program for Health Professionals (ATHP)



HIFA profile: Eduardo Bianco is a medical doctor and Cardiologist, Certified Tobacco Cessation Expert with a Masters in Prevention and Treatment of Addictive Disorders. Currently, he is Chair of the World Heart Federation Tobacco Expert Group. Dr. Biancos research examines tobacco control and cessation, and he is a prominent member of several organizations that address tobacco control in Latin America. Dr. Bianco has worked for 25 years in Uruguay and Latin America to promote and train in smoking cessation treatment and tobacco control policies. He is also the former Regional Coordinator for the Americas of the Framework Convention Alliance and former Technical Director of the MOH Center for International Cooperation for Tobacco. ebianco AT