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STATE AND INSTITUTIONS:

AT THE SERVICE OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

Virtually omnipotent, omnipresent, pulling the strings of governments,institutions, international public health organizations, medical information,medical associations, scientific studies, many universities and scientificjournals; influencing media all over the world, while attempting to reshape theeconomies and the culture of entire nations; antitobacco is just one of theirindustrial efforts. Introducing a new, unrivalled global superpower: thepharmaceutical industry. It wants to run all aspects of our lives forgenerations to come under the flag of the "health revolution." In thisconstantly updated section you will find information on how the pharmaceuticalgodfathers pull the strings of the most powerful entities in the world.

 

May 11, 2007 [03:00 GMT]–  Study paid by the pharmaceutical industry says that retail tobacco marketingleads to more smoking among teens: setting the grounds for pharmaceuticalmonopoly of nicotine with junk science– Latest and greatest production of trash science paid by Big Pharma for Big Pharmaleading, of course, to the conclusion that “Cigarette retail marketingpractices increase the likelihood of smoking uptake. These findings suggest thatspecific restrictions on retail cigarette marketing may reduce youth smoking”,and therefore delivering the product RWJF paid for.

Of course thisis not science but marketingthrough prostituted institutions.  A comment sentby a reader speaks for us too:

“…I don't see them saying that they ASKED anyteens directly on what effect retail marketing had on them.  What I get is thatthey surveilled a whole lot of stores -- noting their ad placements, price ofcigarettes, etc.  Then I get that they have this other (not associated)collected data of teens who answered about their smoking behaviour.  And what Icome up with is that they threw both in a hat, waved a wand over it, saidabracadabra, and pulled this rabbit out of it.  In other words, a leap...  Ifthis is how the teen sample describes their smoking status and if this is whatthe retail tobacco marketing landscape is around them, then the latter explainsthe former.  What I do know is that it's just one more paper they'reburying us under with.  You barely debunk one (if you even finish) and there'salready the next one being laid on our desk.”

May 16, 2007 [02:15 GMT] – Big Drugs Thwarted – TheTexas legislature dealt a terminal blow to a drug company's scheme to impose amandatory vaccination program on all adolescent girls in the state. Despite the governor's support for vaccinating the school girls with a new drugthat is promoted as a prevention for a sexually transmitted disease and anaggressive campaign by Merck & Co, the manufacturer, to buy political support,the legislators put an end to the marketing scheme.

Thevaccination in Texas provided a surprising glimpse into the mercantilemachinations of the pharmaceutical industry.  People are aware thatanti-tobacco legislation, especially smoking bans, are a construct of thedrug industry.  The pharmaceuticals distribute millions of dollars toresearchers to make up studies that purport to show secondhand smoke isharmful for nonsmokers.  While the resulting "studies" never provethe dangers they are used to back up legislation that bans smoking.  BigDrugs then wildly promotes smoking cessation devices to smokers who are nolonger allowed to smoke tobacco.  It's a con job of massive proportions.

The sameinterference in politics is being conducted by Merck.  The company ismarketing a vaccine that protects girls and women against strains of thesexually transmitted virus that cause most cases of cervical cancer andgenital warts.  Rather than building a customer base by marketing aneffective product, Merck is taking a shortcut by advocating that the vaccinebe a requirement for school.  An audacious scheme but one that is findingfavor with politicians throughout the United States including the governorof Texas who issued an executive order mandating the vaccine for allsixth-grade girls. 

Once theword got out there was an outcry from parents and civil libertarians.  Thelegislature crafted a law that blocks state authorities from following theexecutive order, which passed so overwhelmingly that the governor won't havethe support to override the veto.  Merck's nefarious plan, however, will betried in other states where opposition is weaker or where big money talkslouder.

May 7, 2007 [03:30 GMT]–  Social Marketing, Nematode Worms and Tobacco Control – Itall boils down to a gene.  So says the latest research on longevity. The subjects of the study, however, were nematode worms,which according to the researchers are enough like homo sapiens to rendertheir genes an indicator of how long we people will live.  From thestudy of worms researchers toiling in the vineyards of Big Drugs dictatewhat we must do to live to a hundred and beyond.  Needless to say sucha life might not be worth living for real people, as opposed to worms. Norman Kjono's brief examination of the worms and how smokers, without anyhelp from Big Pharma, live to the max while enjoying themselves providesfood for thought.

May3, 2007 [02:15 GMT]–  Preposterous pandemic plan- Stupidity and dishonesty coexist more often than not – especially when itcomes to “public health”, which, as we know, has become a license to throwpublic money down the toilet and have the waste called “responsible”.  Hereis the case of Edmonton, transferring hundreds of thousands of public dollarsinto the pockets of pharmaceuticals to buy symptomatics, believing it is doing agood thing to fight influenza.  “Is this city rolling in so much moneyit can afford to start handing out tens of thousands of dollars so its employeescan use a product that's marketed in the U.S. as ‘animmune-enhancing dietary supplement"’ “,asks Kerry Diotte from the Edmonton Sun.

A betterresult, Diotte points out, could be obtained if people would wash their hands. A better one yet would be achieved if people would stop allowing “public health”to wash their brains.

April 27, 2007 [02:15 GMT] - Pharmaceutical industry says that smoking can be used as indicator of alcoholmisuse- Here is another application of smoking which – as we all know by now – canONLY be discussed if associated with negative things, since (and we knowthis also) smoking is such a killer that not even one death or disease can bescientifically proven to be caused by it.  So, now smoking can be used asindicator of alcohol MISUSE – but, obviously, not as an indicator of alcohol use, because that could make smoking “look good”.

There is agraver ideological implication, however, in this umpteenth pronouncement ofcharlatans paid off by (who else") the pharmaceutical industry, and it is this: "This means cigarette smoking status can be used as a clinical indicator foralcohol misuse, which presents an opportunity for intervention."  Theword “intervention” then gets repeated through the piece as if “publichealth” intervention on the life styles of citizens were normal and even demandedor expected.  Stop and think for a second: what guarantees (or evenindicates) that the “intervention” of “public health” is morally or politicallysuperior to the free choices of the individual citizen" What guaranteesdo we have that state intervention will bring arguably “positive” results in thefirst place" And what referendums or otherwise expressed popular willdo we have which indicates that the people want the state to engineertheir lives"  The answer to all those question is: nothing.  Who arethese people to establish how many drinks are risky for thee and me"  And where is their democratic mandate to do so"  The answers are nobodyand nowhere.  It is just a self-awarded and vague faith in an abstract“collective” represented by appointed health “authorities” provided withstrong executive powers that are supposed to “know better” than thee and me,thus they can impose it.  The failed, all-Marxist concept that 100 fools arewiser than one represents itself, once again acclaimed by fools who can’t seethat 100 of them just make a 100 times bigger fool.

But we do have the answers on the “why” all this is happening: “TheNIAAA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported the study”. Enoughsaid. Now it is time to act.

April 23,2007 [03:00 GMT] - Footnotes to nowhere- Smoking is often incorrectly referred to as a habit when it is in fact aserious addiction. Studies have shown that nicotine addiction can be asdifficult to overcome as heroin or cocaine addiction.(4) CHAMPIX(TM) Smoking Survey, conductedby Leger Marketing.

Note that in what is essentially a press release from Pfizer, Inc. touting itsantismoking drug "the facts" are carefully footnoted in the references. Now if a reputable organization made a statement that started with "Studiesshow..." and footnoted it one would expect it to be backed up with a referenceto those studies.  Not in the Antismoking world!   The fourthfootnote, for instance, takes the reader to a Health Canada page which simply REPEATS the same assertion with NO footnote!  This is a beautifulexample of how the Antismoking Lobby has managed to get fundamental beliefsabout smoking and secondhand smoke completely entrenched as unquestionable factin the public mind WITHOUT ANY FACTUAL BASIS.  It's purely a matter ofhaving the money to repeat, repeat, repeat the lies.

April 17,2007 [02:30 GMT] - Thousandsof reports linking Celebrex to heart attacks, but no action- Smoker haters who, in spite of their general anti-industry inclinations,close both eyes to Big Pharma because it finances their beloved antismoking fraudsshould read this.

One of the many faultyantismoking arguments is that smoking and the tobacco industry are useless, whilst thepharmaceutical industry, in spite of its disgusting capitalist and aggressiveambitions, does some good – as in making products to improve people's health.Of course one can reduce anything to his own notion of good and evil, butcertain realities cannot be argued with.  Smoking and the tobacco industryare economic engines that do good, as they create millions of jobs around theworld, feed governments through taxation, support business and fill thegratification needs of billions.  While that is a verifiable reality, virtualdeaths supposedly caused by smoking are not – not even in one case.  BP, on the other hand, seems to be free to promoteaggressively any and allproducts – many of them quite harmful. But since the industrygenerously pays off antitobacco activists claiming to care for the hearth of people, well, those activists look the other way.

Corrupt “publichealth” authorities look the other way too, even when thousands ofpeople report immediate and quantifiable ill effects (including death) from the use of BP products.  Finally, while the antitobacco industry demands that cigarettemanufacturers procure a list of the “secret ingredients” that are not there –to excite public imagination about potions,BP can comfortablyrefuse to makeclinical trial reports available for public scrutiny – and ministries of“health”, once again, take no action.  We are not advocating the loser’s principle of “equalityunder oppression”.  We do not demand that Big Pharma be treated like BigTobacco.  We demand that Big Tobacco be treated like Big Pharma –especially since the former never said that smoking is good for you.  Perhaps it should have.

Chantix: as "good" as Zyban" Perhaps even better- This week Clearing The Air reports on a man's nightmare while attempting toquit smoking with the latest ”wonder drug” Chantix, which blocks nicotinereceptors to the brain.  Loaded withtons of adverse effects,this is the latest approach to antismoking lobotomy, to make you quit thedisease that does not exist and save the statistical years that are not there.  As Chantix is poised to repeat the Zyban disaster, we can rest assured that the“health” authorities will do nothing.  Smoking “kills”, and information likethis will be kept at bay by the mass media in the name of “public health”.  Furthermore smokers are disposable citizens, anyway –rubbish that society nolonger wants – and if they croak while quitting smoking after listening topropaganda, their death is “attributed” to smoking – by the same corruptinstitutions that say “smoking kills” in the first place.  So all basesare covered.  One of the big advantages of smoking cessation with pharma-garbageis that once you are dead you will not get any sicker. What a deal!

…And since you are there, you may as well drug your pet too!– Why not"... After all, you are stuffing your kids with Ritalin as they“suffer” from Attention Deficit Disorder (AKA vivacity); you are stuffing yourhusband with Zoloft because he is “suffering” from depression on the job; youfeed your own face with Chantix or Zyban to successfully screw up your brain andheart so you can quit smoking.  Why not load up you pet with Prozac"  Buy Reconcile, “…a beef-flavoured chewable tablet that helps treatdogs for separation anxiety.  The medicine is supposed to be used incombination with behaviour management training to help dogs thathave difficulty being separated from their owner or family members.”

Moreover,“It basically calms the dog and makes it more receptive to the trainingthat's supposed to go along with it," said Steve Connell, a Lillyveterinarian.  Not just the dogs, Mr. Connell, not just the dogs... Ask any“public health” institution nowadays.  They will explain that to you – behindclosed doors.

March 23 - Worldwide use ofADHD drugs nearly triples - Fora generation huge numbers of children, especially boys, have been medicated inthe United States for so-called attention deficit disorders.  For"attention deficit" read fidgetiness and the normal challenge to authority thatgoes hand in hand with childhood.  The press, with rare exceptions, haskept the escalating ADHD drug rate obscured but as America's bad habits exportthemselves around the globe the over-prescribing of dangerous drugs to childrenis finally catching notice.  In the past decade usage of ADHD medicationhas risen 274 percent, which enriches the pharmaceutical industry by overtwo billions dollars per year, just in the the United States.  The rise ofattention deficit disorders and the resulting medication is a triumph ofmarketing for Big Drugs, which envisions a world where every individual is ondaily doses of prescription medication from cradle to grave.

Now that attention deficit has gone globalthere may finally be an examination of the syndrome and the conventional,pill-popping method of dealing with it.  In a curious twist the man mostresponsible for igniting the ADHD myth admitsthat many of those children so diagnosed are not really ill. Lest he behonored for belatedly righting a horrendous wrong he helped facilitate, Dr. RobertSpitzer, professor of psychiatry, Columbia University, says that he is lessconcerned by wrong diagnoses and possible side-effects from drugs, than failingto prescribe them where needed.  In other words he says that while too manychildren are given drugs when they in fact don't suffer from attention deficitdisorder, his primary concern is that the right children haven't beengiven the drugs.  Big Pharma salutes him as a true-blue, drug-peddlingtrooper and to hell with the damaged drug-addled children whose childhoods werespent in a fog.

March 20 [- TheREAL political rulers  – Let’s not kid ourselves: politics today are established by hugemultinationals and democracy is an illusion. Better stated, democracy andpublic opinion are accessories to be used to confirm politics alreadydecided by the multinationals. It works in a simple way: multinationals largelycontrol the media, the media form public opinion with biased or outright falseinformation. After the public opinion is “treated” by the media and localpoliticians are misinformed, or bought, then democracy “chooses” theonly possible choice based on the false information received. The case in pointwhich is dear to our heart is smoking, but it is certainly not limited to that. One has just to think about the man-made global warming fraud, for example orthe "obesity epidemic".

ALL politicalantismoking initiatives are driven by multinationals.

In fact, there would be practically no antismoking "movement" if Big Pharmadid not pay for it. It follows that those who support smoking bansimplicitly accept and support Big Pharma's interference with - and the runningof- public policy. It is inevitable.

And often,alongside RWJF you find Philip Morris, Big Tobacco that sold out long ago to the“public health”/Big Pharma agenda of social control, marketingand public frauds.

March 19 - Is receiving a placebo the same thing as trying to quit cold turkey" Thelimitations of NRT clinical trials- Whether it is desirable to discard the pleasure of smoking in order to gain a few statistical months of life after the age of 76 is one’s own businessas long as it is understood that no miracle will happen, that most of the"significant benefits" will be one’s own illusion by justifying the “socially acceptable”decision, and that most likely something will be sorely missing for the rest ofone's existence, along with the likelihood of turning “sour”.  On the other hand, those who never start will never know the pleasure and willmiss the benefits and the protections that smoking brings. With thatpremise, this piece from Michael Siegel's blog illustrates quite well thefraud about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

First of all, let us not bemislead by the definition, as “therapy” assumes the existence of a disease, and smoking is not a disease but just a pleasurablepast time. Thispoint is quiteimportant in light of the neo-Nazi "public health" philosophy thatconsiders habits "diseases", very much like —just as in the bygone days that we delude ourselves as having overcome —  homosexuality was a "disease".

Second, NRTs simply do not work. Even those who believe in all themyths about smoking (and are not on the payroll of the pharmaceuticalmultinationals) agree that NRTs are essentially a commercial hoax, and thatquitting cold turkey is the best way — and the way that works permanently. Thefact that people can quit cold turkey stands for our point that nicotine is not addictive,but ratherhabit-forming, as well as pleasurable and beneficial, which brings us to anotherinevitable conclusion: NRTs are a fraud.Not surprisingly, those who say that NTRs do not work are viciously attacked. By whom"  By the antismoking enterprises who get money from the pharmaceuticalindustry.  What a surprise!  That should also explain why the ministry of “health”near you promotes pharmaceutical smoking cessation “aids”. Can we help you toquit corruption, "health" ministry" Now, that's an addiction that everybodywould gladly do without.

March 12,2007  - “This is not what most people in America who have looked at publicity forthis vaccine were led to believe" - First, anyone who questioned theneed for yet another vaccination for schoolchildren was an antediluvian misfit.Now – literally just weeks later – the claims about the tremendous life-savingpotential of the anti-cervical cancer vaccine are tumbling down. To gain publicsupport for the expensive vaccination program, the public was lied to again. Yetagain.

The lies aboutthe value of various health “interventions” have become so ubiquitous that inthe event of a real crisis – a new black death, for instance – will anyonebelieve the boy who cried “wolf” so many times"

For our firstcoverage of this story, click here.

February27- Pill-popping Nation - Think about it for a minute. In the last week how many TV ads have you seenhyping the latest pill for insomnia, erectile dysfunction, and restless legsyndrome"  Probably several.  In the past few years, could it be that the latestand greatest epidemic has become, not "social anxiety" or the winter blues, butthe wave of new diagnoses for what we used to think of as some of life'sexpected inconveniences"

Can you imagine, the average American took seven prescription drugs during ayear in 1993, more than any other nation in the world. At the last "big count"in 2004, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCoP) the"average" American takes 12 prescription drugs per year, with the average costof $850.

"I have an observation",writes a reader. "This does not include illegal drug use. So my firstquestion is: Just exactly who is 'straight', that is not drugged and able tothink and reason coherently" And just who the hell is running the country if weare all stoned on prescription drugs""

February12, 2007- The Light Begins to Break Through, II - Giving meaning to the old adage of "better late than never", the mainstreampress is finally taking a gander at the ties between the anti-smoking movementand the pharmaceutical industry.  Ties may be too mild noun for the relationshipbetween Big Drugs and anti-tobacco.  Partnership is more appropriate as evidenceemerges that prominent anti-smoking spokesmen are being paid by themanufacturers of smoking cessation nostrums to rail against smoking and to toutthe usage of the products that purportedly make quitting smoking a breeze. Norman Kjono, who has been aware of the tight links between the anti-tobaccomovement and the pharmaceutical industry for a very long time, takes us throughthe webs that operate more for the financial benefit of corporations than forpublic health.

February9, 2007 - Quackery - Anti-tobacco operatives in Scotland are singing the hosannas of a brand newsmoking cessation nostrum that is hitting the streets.  It's made by Pfizer andits name is Champix.  In the United States the Food and Drug Administrationordered the drug company to market it under a different name because of its exaggerated connotations of success.  That's not the only problemwith Champix, as this article makes clear including irregularity in the clinicaltrials.  The author calls for a thorough examination of standards by theEuropean commission before allowing predatory drug companies to hawk their waresto the public.  It is also significant that Pfizer launches his Champix campaignto take advantage of Scotland's recent imposition of a draconian smoking ban. The pharmaceutical companies are the foremost proponents of smoking bans both inthe United States and Europe.

February 8, 2007[02:00 GMT] - Corporate lawmaking - The public has an excellent opportunity to observe the pharmaceutical industryrunning roughshod over the political process on its quest to make another buck. Merck & Co. developed a vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancervirus.  Well good for Merck, if it works as advertised.  The company, however,is not letting the success of the vaccine speak for itself but is insteaddispatching lobbyists to state capitols to persuade legislators into mandatingvaccination for all girls, some as young as 11 or 12.  Merck's hard sell is atough sell for some parental advocacy groups who have a big problem with thestate mandating vaccinations to prevent a sexually-transmitted disease on younggirls.  Merck is dealing with these concerns by installing itself in variousadvocacy groups, some of them frankly political.  The rewards for the companywould range in the billions of dollars if the vaccine is mandated by allstates.  With such piles of money at stake Merck is unwilling to let the normalpolitical or market process run its course preferring instead to stack the deckin its favor.  It has already bought the Republican governor of Texas.  Thepublic is not amused but in a country where money is the only recognized valuethe public will undoubtedly be ignored.

February7, 2007[02:00 GMT] - The usual bullying routine of public health “intervention” 

Where have you read this story before" First press reports: impressivepreventive health “break-through”. Next round: “experts” debate mandatory“intervention” since the “breakthrough” is just too good to pass up (the drugcompany behind whatever the damn thing is usually heavily donating to bothpolitical parties). Final round: legislation to ram the “breakthrough” upeveryone’s butt before any second thoughts can be entertained. Coda: oops,“safety concerns” about the breakthrough, but don’t imagine it’s any of yourbusiness -- the experts will fine-tune before anyone’s forced by apublic entity or an insurance company to take this drug …

So,now we have a new vaccine that’s supposed to stop cervical cancer. In the U.S.(and the UK) health nabobs are stumbling over themselves to make it compulsory for pre-teen girls as soon as possible.

Andin Texas, the Republican governor has already mandated the vaccinethrough executive order  – he thinks it might cut the cancer rate andhealth costs in the future, and besides, his wife, a women’s health advocate,thinks it’s a good idea. Some parents feel they’re being sidelined, and the moresocially conservative among them feeling it might send a message that early sexis okay.

Yet,as usual, no one seems to be asking the even more fundamental questions thatshould be emerging as we get buffeted by the (at least purported) miracle of themonth. It may be that lots of vaccines—foranything from dandruff to Alzheimer’s— might be coming down the pipeline. Should they all be mandatory" Withoutexception" How serious should a disease be before mandatory vaccines areinvoked" How much vaccination is safe" Do we know" How much is known aboutanti-cancer vaccines" Or do we just have to take our governor’s word for it thatit’s a great thing to do because he’s hot on the idea" What about drugs—likeobesity drugs and anti-depressants" Ritalin"

Should we just let ourselves be indiscriminately drugged through governmentexecutive orders at every opportunity" Where is the public reaction to this"

Realmedical miracles do exist and many people are benefiting from them. Maybe thecervical cancer vaccine will prove to be a boon. But the way it’s being pushedshows the big problem with the mindset of modern public health. We’re gettingnot just an invitation to become a pill-popping chemically enhanced culture,we’re being coerced in this direction in a condescending and oftenirresponsible way.

Modern sanitation has probably been the biggest alleviator of human misery inall history. Vaccinations have also had a crucial role in pushing back someserious infectious diseases. But that does not mean that the public should beinstant guinea pigs for any and all “vaccines” that get developed and slappedonto the market. When does “public health” segue into a pretext for a weird sortof social engineering"

Inthe header are three recent articles about the cervical cancer vaccine. Takentogether, they demonstrate the confusion of a typical modern public healthdog-and-pony show: the great discovery hailed, the executive order, theafter-thoughts. No wonder the public is confused and mistrustful. It’s time toslow down the top-down political-medical miracle work and start seeing thepublic less as low-rent lab rats and more as citizens and voters.

February2, 2007[02:00 GMT] - Legislature Takes Smoking Down to the Millimeter - The pharmaceutical corporations, on high looking down on the Washington Statelegislature, issued a new order and, lo, it was obeyed with the utmostalacrity.  This time the lawmakers are furthering the smoking cessation racketby requiring the cigarette companies to alter their cigarettes so that theywon't burn.  No burning cigarettes, no accidental fires but best of all smokerswill abandon the distasteful "fire retardant" cigarettes and take up smokingcessation nostrums.  Norman Kjono explains how the pharmaceutical companies andtheir handmaidens in the legislature pass ever more intrusive laws to furtherthe mercantile agenda of Big Drugs.  Law making ain't pretty but this bit ofsausage making is truly revolting.

February1, 2007[02:00 GMT] - Anti-smoking groups look to Big Drugs for money - It's old news to Forces and our readers but we are truly delighted that thepress is finally examining the financial ties between so-called anti-smokingorganizations and international pharmaceutical corporations.  Behind everyanti-smoking measure, whether smoking bans, tobacco taxes or anti-smokingpropaganda, there is a huge pile of cash provided by the same drug companiesthat manufacture and sell smoking cessation products.  Sometimes the drugcompanies themselves pass out the cash and sometimes a drug company front group,like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, pays the bill but rest assured withoutdrug company money anti-tobacco activism would wither and die.  The so-calledhealth charities who are funded by Big Drugs while never noting who their sugardaddy is, go to great lengths, when caught, to proclaim their independence.  Asthe editor-in-chief emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine notes: "Would the pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars a year if theydidn't think it was valuable" Of course not."

January31, 2007[02:00 GMT] - Going too far - The hubris of the anthropogenic climate preachers mayfinally be bearing fruit as this articles indicates.  As the level of hysteriaratchets every higher the outrageous claims are finally getting the attentionthey deserve.  Hurricane Katrina, for instance, is being used as proof that manis heating up the climate despite the fact that hurricanes have devastated thegulf of Mexico coast line forever.  There are plenty of hurricanes' that werefar more powerful than Katrina.  This articles highlights how dramatic picturesand wild claims now set the tone for what should be a sober examination ofnatural phenomena and how it responds, if at all, to the presence of mankind. The predictions have become so lurid and horrendous that the panic-mongers havepainted themselves into a corner that will fall off the cliff if their direforecasts don't come true, soon.

January24, 2007[02:00 GMT] - Poor Pfizer - Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is closing plants and laying of thousands offworkers.  Quel dommage.  The company's latest problems coincide with its haltingdevelopment of a cholesterol drug but its malaise runs deeper than one abortedattempt to foist yet another drug upon the public.  Pfizer, throughsubsidiaries, is a big time player in the smoking cessation rackets and recentlyintroduced a nicotine receptor blocker, a product that appears designed toensnare the smoker who believes that nicotine is bad.  Other smokers are offereda panoply of produces infused with "good" pharmaceutical nicotine.  The bottomline for all these nostrums is explained by Norman Kjono who has studied themercantile machinations of anti-tobacco extensively.

January19, 2007[02:45 GMT] - Restrictions lifted on NRT for pregnant women– That the ministries of health pimp for the pharmaceutical industry is no newsat all. Here then is another sign of the complete control recently taken by BigPharma over the British “public health” prostitutes: Nicotine ReplacementTherapies (NRTs) are now available to all – including those (such aspregnant women) for whom junk science has said that they were counter-indicated(and in fact, in the same page of the publication we are linked to there is a“study” that says just that). Huh" But if it is junk science, hasn’t British“public health” done the right thing" No, it did not – for it is in blatantcontradiction with its own false advertisement on the effects of nicotine onpregnant women. Think about it. The (arguable) postulation is thatnicotine is harmful to the baby -- there is no scientific evidence about that ofcourse, but let’s keep it as the postulation nevertheless. But now we learn thatnicotine from NTRs becomes magically harmless to the baby. Is there a mechanismthat allows the reproductive system to differentiate between inhaled andtransdermal nicotine as far as the baby is concerned" No, there isn’t. Onceagain we are facing the same “miracle” that makes inhaled nicotine extremely“addictive” while pharmaceutical nicotine gets rid of your addiction – take theword of the Ministries of Pharmaceutical Promotion – oops sorry, ministries of“health”. What’s the real difference between the two “nicotines”" Only this:who, when, why, where and how much somebody gets paid off in the “publichealth” structures to con the public.

November 18, 2006[16:00 GMT] - Drug company pulls funding after conference criticism - One of thebiggest problems of today's public health as a whole is its almost completedependence on Big Pharma for funding of all kind. Antismoking activists are fondof pointing out even the slightest connection with Big Tobacco, but theythemselves are heavily dependent on Big Pharma, which heavily influences eventhe highest health authorities in the world (such as the WHO). For all intentsand purposes, Big Pharma runs the public health show at the planetary level. Thearticle we are connected is yet another denunciation of the shamefulmicromanagement of the industry on the issues, politics and even argumentsconcerning medical practice. No wonder we have smoking bans - and you ain't seennothing yet!

November8, 2006[12:40 GMT] - Public health for sale - When it comes to smoking,drinking, eating and other health lifestyle issues, it becomes clearer every daythat health departments and "public health" in general have reduced themselvesto nothing more than some sort of auction marketplaces for politicalprostitution to this or that pharmaceutical multinational interest. With theusual by-passing of democratic process through regulations, health authoritiesimplement policies that are literally purchased by the drug giants throughgrants and other forms of influence. And if this is not criminal enough, these"authorities" make abundant use of public money to promotethose special, private interest policies against those who contribute themoney through taxation.

As we all know by now, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is famous for this kind ofpublic policy auction, which it is shamelessly pursuing. However, even moreshameless is the pursuit-prostitution of public health authorities for RWJFmoney. Clearing The Air shows the umpteenth proof of this whorish behaviour by thehealth authorities. Do you think it's just acoincidence that the New Jersey Health Dept receives funding from Nicoderm...and then promotes smoking bans" Click here to see a $160,000.00 grant from Nicoderm interests to NJ Department of Health and Senior Services.  

For proof of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) ties to pharmaceuticalnicotine interests (Johnson & Johnson Company) read more here (Will there be an investigation into this nationwide government scandal"), and here (Why is a pharmaceutical company funding smoking bans all around thecountry").

November3, 2006[20:10 GMT] - Patient groups special: Swallowing the best advice" - The unlimited anduncontrolled expansion of the pharmaceutical industry in every aspect andactivity of our lives is well described in this article from Newscientist.com.Interestingly enough, however, the very numerous criers against the interferenceof Big Pharma in anything from commercial ads to scientific journals, researchand patient associations, go utterly silent when it is pointed out thatexquisitely public entities such as those of the WHO or ministries of health arepenetrated by Big Pharma for antismoking purposes as well, and that BP is by farthe largest private financer of endless antismoking "grass root" groups. Onceagain we are spectators of a very selective sense of justice and fairness, sotypical of our times, without a moral compass. The expansion and corruption ofthis industry is absolutely revolting and it must be fought. But not when itcomes to smoking, of course, because fraud and corruption are just fineagainst smoking and smokers, so is wise to look elsewhere. After all, thesecriers must behave in a "socially responsible" manner, and do their part to curbthe smoking epidemic -- for which not even one death can be scientificallydemonstrated.

October13, 2006[19:40 GMT] - New FDA craziness - The dilemma concerning the utter control of themedical, scientific and public health institutions by the pharmaceuticalmultinationals is at the basis of the antitobacco problem but, of course, it'snot limited to it. The tentacles of this industry are everywhere. Institutionalpolitics and policies all over the world (up to the World Health Organization)are literally controlled by Big Pharma. The institutions have turned into a toolfor behaviour control, elimination of choice and for the marketing ofpharmaceutical products of all kinds - "for our own good". In this video, Dr.Mercola tells us about how the Food and Drugs Administration has been itself transformed into a tool of BP at the expense of real health. That is why it isimportant that tobacco and nicotine do not fall under the control of the FDA -because, for all intents and purposes, that would mean that BP would have totalcontrol of cigarettes and nicotine, and force us all to become nicotine inhalerconsumers.

September27, 2006[11:10 GMT] - IARC and antitobacco: a fraud delivery device - Read the abstract below.Those who doubted the existence of a mercantile plan to replace cigarettes withNicotine Replacement Therapy now have a response from the pharmaceuticalpromoters of “mainstream nicotine” -- in their own words.Some of the statements in the study are simplyexplosive as to a clear declaration of intent. This study is a statement ofself-fulfilling prophecy for tobacco control. It is also what legislators willbe aware of when considering new bills. Now, keep in mind that thequasi-religious statement so common in this kind of antismoking trash "study" isnot demonstrable for two reasons: the scientific un-demonstrability ofsmoking-related deaths; even in the assumption that "tobacco kills", it isimpossible to calculate the number of deaths/diseases because of themultifactoriality, thus we are talking about the usual epidemiological fraud.Add to that the passive smoke fraud - and now you see the stage set for a world-widepharmaceutical nicotine monopoly with the complicity of criminal health"authorities". This is not a public health plan: it is marketing plan forthe benefit of pharmaceutical multinationals, extremely influential with IARCand WHO, and with the complicity of ministries of "health" interlinked by theinternational antitobacco treaty. It must be stopped.

September14,2006 [19:00 GMT] - A Grim Day for Big Pharma- It is unquestionable that the largest single private source of financial fuelfor the antitobacco enterprise is the pharmaceutical industry, which pourshundreds of millions a year into the false propaganda against cigarettes andsmokers, supporting both junk science and rabid antismoking activism. It's"pull" on the public health structures (even at the political level throughpowerful lobbies) does not need pointing out. We recommend the reading of thisvery interesting piece that describes enormous violations of  legal and morallaw, day after day, year after year. And these crooks are going to define the“appropriate behavior” for consumers such as people who smoke"

September10,2006 [13:10 GMT] - RWF and Johnson & Johnson cash in on the smoking bans- Here's how the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Company nowcapitalize on the smoking bans which they funded.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invested hundreds of millionslying to lawmakersabout secondhand smoke.....to get smoking bans passed. But the payoff is nowclose at hand... good thing RWJF's parent company Johnson & Johnson recentlybought Pfizer and their new smoking cessation drug Chantix.

Patentnonsense: evidence tells of an industry out of social control- August 16, 2006 [18:11 GMT] - This interesting paper in the medical journal CMAJ is worth reading because itdescribes an industry out of control. The word "smoking" is not mentioned oncein this paper, which concerns itself with the prices imposed on drugs and theformidable power of this industry. As we know, Big Pharma is definitely thelargest single engine behind the statistical frauds on smoking, the resultingformentation of public hysteria and thus the smoking bans. BP has at itsdisposal (and under its control) many of the scientific journals, much of themass-media (advertising budgets) and a lot of corrupt health "authorities".Indirectly, many people in good faith are influenced by the misinformation andpropaganda on smoking that is relentlessly pumped out by antismoking groupslargely financed by BP.

Strangely enough, a lot of people don't like BP - they hate it, in fact. Butwhen it comes to antitobacco, those who have been brainwashed by BP's ownpropaganda welcome its interference. It is the idiotic mentality that pervadessociety today: "I love you, but I hate your smoking" (message: dissect yourpersonality, I only want what I like of it), or "I love BP's antitobacco, but Ihate the industry". In short, they want to have their cake and eat it too - andthey don't understand that it cannot be done.

Partneringwith Big Pharma - April 17, 2006 - Washington DC will host the International Tobacco ControlConference this July.  From throughout the world planeloads of zealots, thugsand shakedown artists will converge on our nation's capital during the month wecelebrate our rapidly disappearing freedom. 

We don'tknow whether Michael Siegel is invited but he has taken a look at the guest listand finds that two of the lead sponsors are huge international pharmaceuticalcorporations.  Their presence doesn't indicate an altruistic impulse to improvethe world's health.  Nope, they are their to push their smoking cessationproducts.  As Dr. Siegel notes discussions about the efficacy of smokingcessation treatment are useless when the conference is dominated by twocorporations that make tons of money peddling their questionable products to acaptive consumer base that, though smoking bans and high taxation, is compelledto forego cigarettes in favor of the pharmaceutical nicotine, or worse,manufactured by Big Drugs.  Maybe next year the conference will include PhilipMorris, the cigarette manufacturer that is developing its own smoking cessationdevices in a big way.

BigDrug wins again - March 27, 2006 - To no one's surprise the multi-national pharmaceuticalsprevented the Food and Drug Administration from imposing warning labels on thedangerous drugs that are overly prescribed to America's youth.  This may be aPyrrhic victory since more and more experts are demanding that the promiscuouslabeling of boys as suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder becurbed.  Social engineers and the pharmaceuticals will fight tooth and nail anyattempt to halt the drugging of our nation's children.

Longoverdue - February 10, 2006 - A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted thatdrugs such as Ritalin should carry strong warnings that usagemay be linked to an increased risk of death and injury.  The drugs,methylphenidates, are prescribed for children, mostly boys, who exhibitbehaviors not conducive for our passive times.  The syndrome they treat is knownas attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition that didn't exist ageneration ago.  More than 2.5 million American children are on these drugsenriching the pharmaceutical industry $3.1-billion in 2004.  A mere four yearsago only $759-million of these drugs were sold.

While mostadvisory panel recommendations are adopted by the FDA the pharmaceuticals can beexpected to oppose mandatory warning labels and their clout is formidable.  Thepolitically wired industry will not accept any threat to their enormous profitswithout a fight.

Skyhigh mark ups - January 23, 2006 - The predatory practices of the pharmaceuticalcorporations ensure that this industry is far more unpopular than the tobaccoindustry.  While drug company front groups lobby relentlessly to tax cigarettesout of existence, the prices they charge for their own products, including theirlousy smoking cessation products, are astonishingly high.  While this particularstory is two years old it's a safe bet that the astronomical mark upshave only gotten higher.  Certainly the price of cigarettes continues to rise asdrug companies work overtime lobbying politicians to raise the taxes oncigarettes to effect their goal of driving the tobacco industry, theircompetitor, out of business.

Thepayoff - January 23, 2006 - Nearly half the population in the United States arecurrently on or have recently been on prescription drugs.  It's no wonder thatthe drug industry is the richest on earth.  Certainly the scheme to saturate theairwaves with seductive prescription drug advertisements is paying bigdividends.  With so much business it is sheer swinishness of Big Pharma tomonopolize the nicotine market.

Nicotinereplacement therapy - November 30, 2005 - It is obvious that the pharmaceutical industry is neckdeep into anti-tobacco activism.  Millions of dollars are bestowed upon an armyof "researchers" to produce studies "proving" smoking tobacco leads to death,"proving" secondhand smoke to be hazardous and "proving" that smokers arebankrupting the health system.  What the drug companies get out of financingsuch "research" is an entree into the nicotine market.  Each smoking ban enactedis a marketing opportunity for drug companies to tout their wares to a consumerbase that has seen its choices diminished.

But howeffective are these supposed smoking cessation treatments"  Michael Siegel, whoagrees with much of the anti-smoking agenda, takes a look at the research onnicotine replacement therapy and finds methodological problems there as well asa failure rate that should give public health pause.  More importantly he findsa huge conflict of interest with a key member of a committee that is egging thefederal government to pressure the tobacco industry to fund the distribution ofpharmaceutical nicotine products to smokers.

Conjuringup illness -  April 4 -2005 A House of Commons inquiry this week will claim that themulti-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry has turned the United Kingdom intoan over-prescribed society that believes there is a pill for every ill. Labeling the drug industry"disease mongers" the inquiry finds:

  • So-called"wonder drugs", promoted heavily, often turn out to have serious side effects,ie Vioxx, an arthritis medication that is link to heart attacks.
  • Drugregulators often have ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Stealth drugmarketing plans, including bribery, circumvent drug advertising bans.
  • Drug companyinfluence is responsible for downgrading dangerous, prescription only drugs toover the counter medication.
  • Inadequatetesting regimens renders consumers unwitting guinea pigs.

This list ofmalfeasance applies to the United States as well except that the drug companiesseveral years ago ended the advertising prohibition for prescription drugs ontelevision and radio.  We can only hope that the US Congress will some dayexamine the drug industry as is being down across the Atlantic.  It's long overdue.

Ridingthe fat "epidemic" to riches -April4 -2005 "Everybody is just foaming at the mouth to make money" from obesity drugs,said Dr. Donna Ryan, an obesity researcher affiliated with Louisiana StateUniversity, which has received millions of dollars in government anddrug-industry grants.

Which camefirst"  The fat epidemic or drug company schemes to grow rich drugging theoverweight"  The smart money puts drug company greed as the primary motivatingfactor that created an epidemic where one doesn't exist.  Just a few years agothe federal government jiggled a few numbers and, presto, millions of peoplewoke up to find themselves miraculously overweight and even obese.

Just astobacco became increasingly dangerous in direct proportion to how aggressivelythe drug companies developed and marketed their lousy smoking cessation devices,so the pharmaceuticals are orchestrating the panic that is greeting thediscovery that America, in fact the whole industrial world, is full of fatvictims that need expensive anti-fat drugs.

Drugco. marketing effort foretells smoking ban -February28 -Theso-called global tobacco treaty kicked in yesterday and the huge multinationalpharmaceutical companies are celebrating their success by launching massivesmoking cessation campaigns around the globe.  As they did with Ireland andItaly, the drug companies are hoping to impose smoking bans in India, one of thelargest countries on earth.  

Pfizer,GlaxoSmithKline and other peddlers of smoking cessation nostrums and dangerousdrugs, such as Zyban, hope to reap huge profits as governments do their part bybanning smoking.  The World Health Organizations global tobacco treaty, not yetsigned by the United States, will not improve public health one iota but willtransfer billions of dollars from smokers into the pockets of the most predatorybusiness on earth.

Cessationgiant scrutinized February 10 - A consumer group is charging that pharmaceutical giantPfizer, Inc. buried a study suggesting that its painkiller Celebrex boosts therisk of heart attack and stroke.  Pfizer is heavily involved in manufacturingand promoting smoking cessation devices.  It opposed in court the tobaccocompanies' appeal in the federal case that recently removed the multi-billiondamages that had faced the cigarette industry.  Pfizer should stick to improvingthe safety of its products rather than lobby for anti-smoking legislation andhigher cigarette taxes.

Drugco. misdeeds threaten tort reform February 10 - Although President Bush vows to address the out-of-controlmedical malpractice system, his job has been made harder by the antics of BigDrugs.  Those opposed to reforming the ruinously expensive medical lawsuits areciting the recent drug scandals involving Celebrex and Vioxx.  Just one morereason to hate these huge multinational behemoths.

Baddrugs - January 28 - Up to 140,000 extra heart attacks may have been caused inthe US by the recently withdrawn drug Vioxx since its launch in 1999, suggests anew study. And millions of people may have been exposed unnecessarily to therisk of heart attack by taking Cox-2 inhibitor drugs, including Vioxx, when theydid not need the medicines, according to a second study.

No wonderpharmaceutical corporations such as Merck, the maker of Vioxx, are basing theirfinancial fortunes on smoking cessation products.  They may be ineffective andoverpriced but, with the exception of Zyban, mosthaven't been shown to kill those foolish enough to take them.  The horrors ofVioxx and smoking ban legislation are predictable results when huge corporationsform "partnerships" with the government that is charged with representing thecitizens' interest.

Vioxx wastouted incessantly on mass media outlets, prompting millions to demandprescriptions of a drug that was ultimately yanked from the market.  The laxstandards governing drug advertising are the result of David Kessler, the formerdirector of the Food and Drug Administration, opening up television advertisingto rapid-fire drug pushing.  Smoking bans from California to Maine are enactedto push the lousy smoking cessation products that companies like Pfizer hopewill replace the tobacco market.  How many must die and how many hospitalityvenues must go broke before government realizes that it also is culpable in thetrail of deaths and bankruptcies"

BigDrugs, Big Clout - -January21 -   While the scandals over Vioxx and Celebrex receive superficial coverageby the rabidly anti-tobacco press, the big picture of pharmaceutical power andinfluence buying receives scant attention.  With drug company advertisingrevenue keeping many media outlets afloat it's not surprising that the emergenceof Big Drugs as a powerful political player is brushed under the carpet.  

What issurprising is how extensive the pharmaceutical tentacles intrude into therarified world of medical and research publications.  Even more disturbing arethe ties multi-national pharmaceutical corporations enjoys with federal agenciessuch as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health. It's a story that needs telling and this eye-opening article is a good place tostart.

Whysmoking is banned - January 12, 2005 - Thisstory could never be printed in the United States.  The pharmaceutical industrywouldn't stand for it.  What is reported is not news to us but it does break newground in candor for a mainstream publication.

Monday Italywoke up to an oppressive smoking ban.  One day earlier the Financial Timesprinted a story announcing the launch of a GlaxoSmithKline marketing campaignthat will saturate Italy.  The product being shilled is the drug company'sNiQuitin nicotine replacement gums and patches.  Note the word "replacement,"for that is precisely GSK's intent.  Replacing tobacco with pharmaceuticalnicotine is not the result of the smoking ban, it is the purpose.

This storyrightly refers to GSK and the tobacco industry as rivals and gleefully reportsthat the tobacco industry is losing.  Smoking bans have nothing to do withhealth.  They are merely marketing tools to beef up the bottom line.

Thepoliticians who serve the multinational pharmaceutical industry by passingsmoking bans may be innocent dupes.  If they are they should be removed. If they are cashing in and fattening up their "pensions", they should be jailed.

BigPharma On The Move - November 11 -Nowthat the pesky elections are out of the way the media can get back to itsprimary purpose; hawking the wares of Big Pharma.  One week after the nationtrekked to the polls in what was described as the most important presidentialelection in decades the papers are filled with aggressive marketing campaignsfinanced and produced by the international pharmaceutical industry.  FromPfizer, the maker of a nicotine patch, comes a study that finds normal bloodpressure just isn't good enough.  Instead of taking satisfaction in keeping thepressure low, Pfizer's "research" indicates that even those with low pressureneed a drug to stave off strokes and heart attacks.  As always a stooge findsthe predictable result of a drug company producing research that leads toincreased drug taking "an eye-opener."  What's an eye-opener is the transparencyof corporate greed.  A few months ago a "study" found that people with lowcholesterol could benefit from taking a drug, just in case.  When a con workswell, the conmen start working.  The tobacco industry used to sell glamour, sexand sensuality.  Big Drugs is reduced to selling its product with hysteria.

THEANTI CRUSADE AGAINST THE ELDERLY -Antitobaccohas already demonstrated that it will not stop for anything - and that includesthe indirect murdering of people- to advance its agenda, and satisfy its pharmaceutical masters. This article of Wanda Hamiltonshows, unquestionably, how the pharmacartel finances with heavy grantsantismoking terrorism and death to bend people to quit and buy its deadlycessation products. This unethical practice is also extended to the elderly who,after a lifetime of work and social contribution, are forced to quit smoking,the alternative being injury, neglect, and death. What is most appalling is thatthe people continue to be indifferent to the carnage of bodies and freedoms thata well paid-off minority, the antismoking cartel, perpetrates on millions. Itwould be simple to stop the activities of antitobacco; all it takes is some action, powered by healthy angercoming from a sense of basic morality, a value, however, which seems all but lost,sacrificed on the altar of health and material wealth.

SMOKELESSSTATES ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GRANT RECIPIENTS-USA: morepharmaceutical money going to states. The announced goals for the funding are toraise tobacco taxes, to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smokeand to get public and private insurersto cover the cost of cessation products.

In other words, these millions are to be devoted to increasing the sales of suchproducts as Johnson & Johnson's nicotine patch and inhaler. Sales willpresumably be increased if the price of cigarettes is driven up so that they aremore costly than such nicotine delivery devices as Johnson & Johnson's Nicotrol.Sales will also be up if further smoking bans result in more smokers either tryto quit using nicotine replacement products, or if smokers use them temporarily,for occasions when they cannot smoke. And, of course, sales at inflated prices(and profits) for Johnson & Johnson and other pharmaceutical companies'"cessation" products will certainly be enhanced if private and public healthinsurance pays for them.

In this way pharmaceutical product sales are promoted via a feel-good foundationwhich derives virtually all its billions from stock in Johnson & Johnson, and itdoesn't even count in J&J's promotional and advertising budget. Theinstitutionalisation of false medical information on the effects of tobacco on humanhealth,combined with the taxpayers-funded free advertisement provided by servant states& institutions is the most brilliant marketing innovation any industry has beencapable of. Too bad that it's based on state corruption.

EUTO FORCE ITALY, SPAIN TO INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES-
"Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Luxembourg will have to increase taxes oncigarettes under European Commission plans to cut down on fraud by reducingdifferences in tobacco taxes in the 15-nation European Union."The pharmacartel pull the strings of Europe to force those countries that arelate to comply with the directives of the multinationals: increase the cost ofcigarettes so that our products can be more competitive. Not even nationalsovereignty is a concern for an industry that has no limits to its power, and noscruples whatsoever.

ROBERTWOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: HOW ITS GRANTS INFLUENCE COLORADO'S STATE HEALTH POLICY-Although quitelong, this article by the Foundation Watch provides massive information abouthow Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Johnson & Johnson's political arm)undermines parental control, forms political movements to raise tobacco taxes,and dictates public health policy. This is a must-read to realize how thepharmaceutical industry actually controls and dictates public opinion. No wonderwhy no amount of evidence, reason, truth, arguments about integrity, freedom andchoice - even compassion - are relevant to the health nazism steam roller; thepharmaceutical giants buy everything andeveryone.

THEREAL DRUG PUSHERS - "Lastyear U.S. pharmaceutical companies spent an unprecedented $2.3 billionadvertising to consumers, up 28% from 1999 and 40 times the $55 million spent onmass media ads in 1991." "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permittedthe recent rapid growth in mass media marketing of prescription drugs when, in1997, it made it easier to launch TV campaigns by, for example, dropping therequirement to print pages and pages of prescribing information on the screen.Americans now see an average of nine prescription ads per day on television."

TAKINGZYBAN TO THE THIRD WORLD - Blithelyproceeding with its aggressive marketing plan despite allegations of deathscaused by its product, GlaxoSmithKline launched Zyban in India to greatfanfare.  The company hopes to persuade the government to waive duties under anexemption for "lifesaving" drugs.

And they saythe tobacco industry has chutzpah!  For the past several years the anti-tobaccoenterprise has taken is extortion racket abroad, circling the globe screamingabout the terrible American and British cigarette manufacturers' nefariousdesigns upon the Third World.  The Parmacartel maneuvered their stooge into thedirectorship of the World Health Organization and in a world plagued by malaria,AIDS, hunger and diseases long eradicated in the industrial worlds, the W.H.Ohas made tobacco cessation its primary goal.  W.H.O is now a primary playerin pharmaceutical imperialism.

With theco-opting of the W.H.O. now complete, India is the launching pad for a drug thathas been blamed for a spate of deaths in the United Kingdom and Canada. The financial motivation for the "war" on tobacco is obvious.  Everysmoking ban enacted delivers to the bottom line of Big Drugs.  Theaggressive marketing of what many believe to be a dangerous drug to India takesanti-tobacco corruption to a new, and profitable, level.
 


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