The following is a press release from a new site exposing the tactics used by tobacco control. To visit the site click here.
Today, June 28th, marks the launch of a cooperative effort by unpaid grassroots individuals from a number of different countries and areas who belong to a number of different free choice organizations. That effort is this website, Tobacco Control Tactics (TCT), and was inspired by a website recently launched from the UK’s University of Bath under the name Tobacco Tactics (TT).
The TCT website is in some ways a mirror image of that put out by the Bath personnel. The major difference of course is that our site is put together by unpaid Free Choice activists, not professionals, and not feeding off of any grant. A query to the TT folks simply asking about their basic funding has been totally ignored. We are also different of course in our personnel. Michael J. McFadden of the Citizens Freedom Alliance applied to be an editor of the TT website and was asked to submit samples of material he had written. After submission and review of those materials he was informed that,
As the wiki has just been launched, TobaccoTactics has restricted editorship rights to those who currently have a contract with the University of Bath. At the moment there are no plans to take on additional editors, although that may change in the future. Any additional editors would be asked to declare their funding sources to ensure there is no conflict of interest.
The TT website does not reveal who the contractees at the University of Bath are, but they have made it clear that their editors consist only of such contractees. They do not however reveal their identities. In contrast to the TT website, the Tobacco Control Tactics site is open to any additional editors who are active members of Free Choice organizations, have shown a solid history of supporting Free Choice positions, and have credible writing skills. As we have no funding, we have no staff or contracts limiting who we may choose as editors: our “staff” is not for hire and the organizations they are drawn from are not beholden to either Big Tobacco or Big Pharmaceutical. At the moment it is impossible to make any such assertion about the Tobacco Tactics site personnel but it seems unlikely that its entire hidden editorship has a history free of Big Pharma grant money.
In any event, we wish you a warm welcome to Tobacco Control Tactics! This site is a true grass-roots initiative with all contributions made by ordinary citizens: members of the groups listed below and some independent members of the public, all volunteering to spend a lot of time and personal effort to fight the heavily funded Tobacco Control Industry.