Friday, October 06, 2017

My Response to an Invitation to Consult for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Below is my response to an invitation to consult for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded by Philip Morris International:

Unfortunately, I will not be able to consult or play any advisory role on this project. Since Philip Morris International (PMI) continues to aggressively market cigarettes internationally and to aggressively fight public health efforts to reduce tobacco use, this is just not a project that I can participate in as a public health practitioner. PMI cannot be sincere in its intention to establish a smoke-free world when it continues to aggressively lobby against public health efforts to reduce tobacco use.

2 comments:

Martin Pion said...

Dear Michael,

I'm delighted to learn of your rejection of this invitation to join a foundation funded by Philip Morris International. I learned of it from an e-mail from Dr. Stan Glantz a short time ago. Bravo!

Sincerely,
Martin

Martin Pion
President, Missouri GASP

6p00d8341bfbc053ef said...

Hi Mike, I understand your position but at the same time I cannot but notice your analysis of 'e-cigs" in the previous post seems to me completely in tune with Derek Yach's position. From what I have read there is a big divide between advocates who think a harm reduction strategy based largely on e-cigs should be developed and advocates who completely deny any value to e-cigs. Who is going to fund the research needed around the development of e-cigs? This Foundation can do it along as much else. Philip Morris money is smoker's money governments are too happy to collect. Should Derek's record as a tobacco control advocate be taken into c and consideration before throwing his initiative out? I think he should be given the chance to prove he can operate independently and deliver support for a harm reduction strategy that seems to have a strong potential to save lives.
Philippe Boucher
Blogger at Rendezvous (with tobacco control advocates) and Tobacco Control in Africa