An article in the February issue of Tobacco Reporter highlights my new web site for the Center for Public Accountability in Tobacco Control (access to the article is free, but you must register first).
The article, entitled "New Center Promotes Integrity in Tobacco Control," states: "Professor Michael Siegel of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Boston University School of Public Health has established an organization to ensure the ethical and honest practice of tobacco control by anti-smoking organizations in the United States. The Center for Public Accountability in Tobacco Control (CPATC) aims to help ensure that efforts to reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality are sustainable by a movement that can remain credible and effective into the future. Its premise is that the anti-smoking movement is going too far in its agenda and losing its solid public health basis. The CPATC hopes to highlight the tactics currently being used in order to hold public health groups accountable to their primary constituency, the public."
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I am grateful for this publicity from Tobacco Reporter. I hope this will bring many more visitors to the site to read about the ways in which I believe the tobacco control movement needs to be more accountable to basic principles of public health practice, the ways in which the movement is violating ethical principles, and the ways in which the movement is just going too far. Ultimately, I want the truth to reach the public, because that is the party to which the movement is accountable.