Michael Bloomberg joined Bill and Melinda Gates in Times Square earlier today to announce a plan aimed at getting developing countries to quit smoking. The $500 million Gates Foundation initiative follows a report by the World Health Organization — one which Bloomberg helped to fund — on global tobacco use. The mayor calls the initiative “one of the most important public health efforts of our time.”
Back in February, Bloomberg was on hand for the release of the initial study, which asserts that smoking will lead to the deaths of more than a billion people over the next century if decisive action isn’t taken.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2008