TheNew YorkCity mayor was set to announce the new funding forBloombergPhilanthropies on Thursday at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health inSingapore. His charity will monitor the tobacco industry’s strategies and offer legal support to counter its pushback against anti-smoking campaigns.
Calling tobacco "a scourge all over the world" and accusing cigarette makers of "nefarious activities,"Bloombergsaid at a news conference on Friday that his foundation will focus on low and moderate-income countries where nearly 80 percent of smokers live, likeRussia,China,India,IndonesiaandBangladesh.
That marks a departure fromBloomberg’s efforts since 2007, which have been funded with $375 million from the billionaire mayor’s pocket. Until now, his anti-smoking campaign has focused on "what’s worked here" inNew YorkCity, said Dr. Kelly Henning, director of the charity’s public health programs.