Tobacco control = big pharma

Anyone who has been on Smoke Free Wisconsin’s blog knows that they are celebrating the draconian tax on cigarettes. Ignoring the fact that this is nothing but an attempt at social engineering by Comrade Doyle and his socialist brethren look at the true force behind the taxes and the ban.

Smoke Free Wisconsin was started by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Why is this relevant. Well first you have to understand exactly who they are.
For more on Johnson and Johnson click here. Is there any wonder that every method that they recommend includes drugs or drug company Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)? Why the big push for Big Pharma solutions when it has been proven time and again that cold turkey has a much higher success rate? In a recent blog entry they push the American Cancer Society’s Guide to quitting smoking. If you read the guide there is a big push for Big Pharma solutions and bashes non Big Pharma solutions. This is no big surprise since Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. exposes the ACS’s ties to Big Pharma in his book “Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War” He also exposes the American Cancer Society: The World’s Wealthiest “Nonprofit” Institution. In this article he says;

The “nonprofit” status of the Society is in sharp conflict with its high overhead and expenses, excessive reserves of assets and contributions to political parties. All attempts to reform the Society over the past two decades have failed; a national economic boycott of the Society is long overdue.

Cancer Drug Industry
The intimate association between the ACS and the cancer drug industry, with cur-rent annual sales of about $12 billion, is further illustrated by the unbridled aggression which the Society has directed at potential competitors of the industry (13). Just as Senator Joseph McCarthy had his “black list” of suspected communists and Richard Nixon his environmental activist “enemies list,” so too the ACS
maintains a “Committee on Unproven Methods of Cancer Management” which periodically “reviews” unorthodox or alternative therapies. This Committee is comprised of “volunteer health care professionals,” carefully selected proponents of orthodox, expensive, and usually toxic drugs patented by major pharmaceutical companies, and opponents of alternative or “unproven” therapies which are
generally cheap, nonpatentable, and minimally toxic.

So while groups like Smoke Free Wisconsin and the ACS bash non-Big Pharma solutions like the e-cigarette and discount quitting cold turkey will they spend one dime on researching their effectiveness? Of course not. It adds nothing to the bottom line of their handlers.

Today Dr Michael Siegel had an interesting blog on the subject.

Question 5 is:

“Which medication do you recommend for me, and how do I use it?”

Notice that the question is not: “Do you recommend a medication for me, or do you recommend that I quit cold turkey?”

This is very curious (and unwarranted) advice, since we know that on a population basis, cold turkey quit attempts are the most successful. Moreover, if the patient has already expressed a desire to quit on his or her own – cold turkey – then putting them on drugs is probably the last thing you want to do as a physician.

Nevertheless, this document tells every smoker to ask their doctor which medication to take, not whether or not to use medication.

The bottom line is can these groups be trusted when the driving force behind them is Big Pharma and the politicians that Big Pharma has in their pockets? After all Phizer alone contributed $5000.00 to Doyle.


About Marshall Keith

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