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.

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Divergence of opinion about smoking, between the New York Mayor Bloomberg and the Tokyo Governor
Inose Both 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.



ビル・ゲイツ、マイケル・ブルームバーグが禁煙キャンペーンに540億円の寄付

ニューヨーク市では2002年にブルームバーク市長がレストラン、バーでの全面禁煙規制条例を施行し、市公衆衛生局
からの積極的な広報活動の結果、ニューヨーク市に居住する30万人の喫煙者が禁煙した。こうした喫煙規制をアジア、
アフリカ諸国を始め、全世界に広げ、タバコの持つ健康破壊の知識を共有することにより、喫煙行為から人々を救う
ことが出来ると述べた。ブラジルでのタバコ包装には喫煙の危険性を画像で表現したことにより成果があがっている。
タバコは非常に巨大な殺人者( a very, very big killer )であり、タバコによる疾病は喫煙をやめることにより
防止することが出来る。

2008年7月、マイクロソフト社会長、ビル・ゲイツ氏およびニューヨーク市長、マイケル・ブルームバーグ氏は記者
会見の席上で、新たな世界規模での禁煙活動資金として540億円( $500 million)の資金を提供することを申し出た。
ビルゲイツ氏は$125million を、喫煙率の高い中国、インド、バングラデシュ、インドネシアなどでの禁煙
キャンペーンとタバコ税値上げを広報するテレビ広告に投資し、この他に4年間かけて$250 million を喫煙率の高い
途上国での禁煙活動に投資することを宣言している。
 資料引用: 2008年7月23日 AP通信

舛添要一知事は条例化を見送る代替策としては、外国人旅行者を受け入れているホテルや飲食店が分煙する
際、建設費の80%を改装資金として助成する制度を新設した。海外で次々と屋内喫煙施設が撤廃され、
全面禁煙制度が当然の規制と受けてられている中なか、海外から訪れる旅行客のために、その人たちが
住んでいる地域とは全く逆の政策を実行して正しいと勘違いしている。自民党政権で厚生労働大臣を三代
歴任した政治家の、こうした一方的な姿勢は、公共的屋内空間での喫煙行為を温存させようとする
極めて悪い政策であることは改めて言うまでもない。

マイケル・ブルームバーグ氏は輝かしい業績を残し任期満了で12年間のニューヨーク市長の座を退いた。猪瀬都知事と
舛添都知事は金銭問題のスキャンダルで任期を全うすることなくその座を
追われた。


 
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The article was written in July 2008, and finally revised in September 2016,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.




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