Sunday, January 01, 2006

Will there be an investigation into this nationwide government scandal?

To the average non-smoker as I am, it might appear that the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Non-Smoker's Rights, the American Medical Association, countless research Universities around the country, etc. are lobbying our politicians for smoking bans for health reasons.
However, upon some investigation it is clear that these NGO's are backed by $446,000,000.00 + from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) which has direct ties to the Johnson & Johnson Company, and J & J is the manufacturer of Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ via its wholly owned subsidiary ALZA. Recently, the buyout of Pfizer Consumer Health means J & J profits even more from the passage of smoking bans thru additional sales of Nicotrol, Nicorette, and Commit alternative nicotine products.

The data supplied to these NGO's and subsequently our politicians should be viewed as highly dubious at best, since it comes from the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical nicotine products which benefits by selling their alternative nicotine products like Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol, etc. when tobacco nicotine use is prohibited via smoking bans.

In fact according to this industry watchdog pharmaceutical nicotine product sales is a $500,000,000.00+ annual business almost exclusively owned by the Johnson & Johnson conglomerate, of which RWJF is an entity and single largest shareholder of J & J stock, with a $5.4 billion dollar holding.
For whatever reason our local lawmakers seem to ignore the conflict of interest, if they know about it at all. I am curious if some of these local lawmakers receive campaign support from any or all of these special interests........Are local media outlets, or attorneys general interested in investigating? We'll see.
Here are some links to financial grants from the Nicoderm people at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to:
Recipient: American Medical Assoc. $88,000,000.00

http://web.archive.org/web/20100206135236/http://www.rwjf.org/reports/npreports/smokeless.htm

Recipient: American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association $99,000,000.00
http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=14912

Recipient: numerous research universities around the country http://www.rwjf.org/publichealth/grantlist.jsp?page=3

RWJF ties to the Johnson & Johnson Company:
http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/our-mission/our-founder.html

ALZA is the company which manufactures Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ for GSK:
http://www.data-yard.net/infocoalition/alza2.htm

ALZA is owned by Johnson & Johnson company
http://www.data-yard.net/infocoalition/alza1.htm

Why would a pharmaceutical company fund smoking bans? http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2005/07/why-is-pharmaceutical-company-funding.html

Government air quality testing of secondhand smoke (is secondhand smoke really harmful?):
http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2008/06/review-of-air-quality-testing-and.html

The American Cancer Society air quality testing proves secondhand smoke is up to 25,000 times safer than OSHA indoor air quality regulations for secondhand smoke:
http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2004/04/american-cancer-society-test-results.html

In a special report out of Washington DC we've found an interesting bit of information:
...the pharmaceutical industry has mounted a sophisticated grassroots campaign to build support for its position on key issues that affect its bottom line. The industry has funded various groups to champion its positions, sponsored studies tilted to the industry and hired public relations firms to spearhead campaigns to soften up public opinion and government policies....

Update: Here are a number of grants by Nicoderm financed Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used to influence government policymakers and lawmakers.......and as you guessed it, that lobbying is designed to eliminate tobacco nicotine use.......while increasing pharmaceutical nicotine use......coercive marketing, also known as smoking bans.

http://www.rwjf.org/reports/grr/037549.htm?gsa=1

Also see information about the thousands of business closings and tens of thousands of jobs eliminated (prior to 2008 recession) since smoking bans were enacted:


http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2009/03/worldwide-economic-meltdown-and.html

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