Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg Pool Riches to Fight Smoking
Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates and New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg
Source: Wikipedia and Associated Press.
The Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates and the New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg are pooling their piles of money
and pouring $375 million into a global effort to cut smoking.
Video New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg
Not merely content to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and stadiums here, Mayor Bloomberg is joining with
Bill Gates to spread his anti-smoking reinforcements around the world. The multi billionaire pair announced
in July 2008 joint $500million campaigns to persuade smokers in Asia, Africa and across the globe to put
down their cigarettes. There are now 300,000 fewer smokers in New York City than there were six years ago,"
Bloomberg said, crediting his ban on smoking in bars among other anti-smoking efforts.
The progress we've achieved here in New York helped convince me to take on the global initiative.
I believe that a world in which everyone is aware of the destructiveness of tobacco and empowered to
avoid it is within our reach."Bloomberg and Gates, who have a combined net worth of $70 billion, announced
the joint campaign in a slick midtown presentation. It featured a video of worldwide efforts, such as a
smoking ban at the upcoming Beijing Olympics and a campaign in Brazil to print disturbing images on
cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking. "Tobacco is a very, very big killer," Gates said,
citing statistics that tobacco is behind more preventable deaths around the world than tuberculosis, AIDS
and malaria combined. For Gates, the announcement was his first since relinquishing the reins at Microsoft
and committing himself full-time to philanthropy.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will devote $125 million over five years to the anti-smoking effort,
including $24 million that it will hand over to Bloomberg's foundation to administer. For Bloomberg, the
announcement represents a dramatic expansion of a smaller effort he launched with his foundation in 2005.
At the time, he invested $125million in efforts such as anti-smoking TV ads and campaigns to raise tobacco
taxes in countries like China and India, where smoking rates are high. He's now investing another $250 million
over four years. Gates said his money will fund some work in countries with high smoking rates, and focus
on poor and developing countries, where smoking is not as prevalent but has been rising.
Source: NYDailyNews.com.July 23, 2008.
Divergence of opinion about smoking, between the New York Mayor Bloomberg and the Tokyo Governor Inose
$B!z(BBoth Mayors have resigned from the city office in late 2013. The difference between both Mayors are:
Mayor Bloomberg left the top seat of New York City after the 12-year term, after he performed a brilliant work.
Inose, the Mayor of Tokyo had to leave the Tokyo Municipal office after one year, because of the money scandal.
Tokyo Governor Masuzoe' s misuse of political funds:
His political funds' scandal was exposed by the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun, which reported recently
that a total of about 370,000 yen paid to a resort hotel in Chiba Prefecture in January 2013 and January 2014,
was booked as expenses for 'conference fees,' but was actually spent to cover costs for family vacations.
Masuzoe came under suspicion of having made false entries of expenses in political funds' reports in violation
of the Political Funds Control Law.
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The article was written in July 2008, and finally revised in September 2016,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.