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 PhilipMorris has set out plans for a £1bn tobacco transition fund.

  PhilipMorris International has drawn up a plan to set up a £1bn tobacco transition fund in the UK.According to foreign reports, the fund will be used by local authorities and UK public health water heater pipe leak agencies to persuade smokers to quit to support smokeless tobacco alternatives such as iQOS heating and non-combustion.

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  Documents obtained by the guardian and channel 4 transmission programme show that PMI discussed a proposal for a smoke-free bill with leading anti-tobacco lawmakers, which has been tabled in the house of Commons.If passed, the bill would end advertising and marketing bans on iqos and e-cigarettes.

  PMI wants to be seen as part of the solution to continuing to manufacture and sell cigarettes globally, but it could indirectly or directly kill half of all smokers.Deborah harnott, chief water pipes and bongs executive of the smoking and health initiative (Ash), said the move was alarmingly hypocritical.

  Pmi announced its commitment to a smoke-free future, including products such as iQOS.IQOS heats tobacco to deliver nicotine, rather than tobacco and tar, which can cause diseases such as cancer.In authorizing iQOS there, the food and drug administration said the high nicotine content it delivers may make it an attractive alternative to cigarettes for smokers, but there is a risk of addiction among nonsmokers.

  Ashe advocates a "pay for pollution" fund for smoking cessation services, but no one has diverted people to other addictive tobacco products.Mr Arnold said the PMI was seeking respect and access to the government and its role in smoking policy, which the industry had now explicitly rejected.

  "This is totally unacceptable," Arnold said. "the tobacco industry is the most profitable consumer industry on the planet, selling products all over the world and causing seven million deaths spill proof water pipe a year, nearly 100,000 in the UK alone."The industry has the ability to pay as needed and is not allowed to participate in government decision-making bodies to ensure that funds are used to promote the interests of shareholders rather than public health.

  KevinBarron, a retired Labour mp who met PMI, did well in the fight against smoking and passed a bill to ban smoking in public places.Mr. Baron said he believes e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery devices can play an important role, and he isn't tired of meeting with companies that want to move in that direction.

  The internal documents (one email and two briefing papers) are dated march and May 2018, respectively.MarkMcGregor, the PMI's former conservative party chief executive and director of affairs, said in an email that exploratory conversations with MPS had been very positive."He understands the concept of 'trading' and is very attractive to the incentives offered by the fund to change behaviour between smokers and the tobacco industry, although it can strike a balance by informing smokers," it said.