Sunday, February 18, 2007

Smoking bans: good public policy? Or simply a great pharmaceutical marketing plan?

To the average non-smoker as I am, it might appear that the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Americans for 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 preliminary 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(see page 4 or 61) means J & J profits even more from the passage of smoking bans thru additional sales of Nicotrol, Nicorette, Commit, (see pgs 32,33,56) and any other over the counter smoking cessation drugs once manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Health division.

*Update, recent 1st quarter '08 profits at Johnson & Johnson are up 40% (link). Looks the the rent seeking legislation (smoking bans) are working exactly as planned.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.

About McNeil Consumer Healthcare products
NICORETTE(R) and NICODERM(R) are owned and marketed by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson Inc. (see bottom of page at link) McNeil Consumer Healthcare markets a broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) products around the globe. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Canada markets products in the adult and pediatric pain relief, allergy, gastro-intestinal and nicotine-replacement categories.

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://replay.web.archive.org/20070927173004/http://www.rwjf.org/reports/npreports/smokeless.htm 


was http://www.rwjf.org/reports/npreports/smokeless.htm before RWJF removed from their current website

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


More grants to American Lung Association:
http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/search.html?sort=amount-desc&k=american+lung+&d=&l=

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids received $84,000,000.00 from Nicoderm interests at RWJF:
http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/search.html?npo=TFK

http://www.rwjf.org/programareas/resources/product.jsp?id=18079&pid=1141&gsa=1

 
http://www.rwjf.org/programareas/grant.jsp?id=60001&pid=1141&gsa=1


(the number of grants from Nicoderm / RWJF to CTFK are too numerous to list here)

Recipient: numerous research universities around the country  

http://www.rwjf.org/en/search-results.html?u=&k=tobacco+control&s=0

http://www.rwjf.org/grants/search.jsp?name=GRANTS&q=tobacco&x=9&y=10&src=gr&isgrant=1&isprod=1&search_options=GRANTS 
  
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.alza.com/alza/products.html

ALZA is owned by Johnson & Johnson company
http://www.data-yard.net/infocoalition/alza1.htm (ALZA removed their link, backup is from previous ALZA website)

 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/2006/11/is-secondhand-smoke-health-hazard.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 this special report out of Washington DC by the Center for Public Integrity, 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......a public policy also known as smoking bans.
http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2009/12/voices-in-the-debate.html

 
Update: This posting can also be found at the Heartland Institute.
Meanwhile science and air quality testing prove that the secondhand smoke hype has been greatly exaggerated:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/11/is-secondhand-smoke-health-hazard.html

GSK distributes Nicoderm, but it is manufactured by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary......ALZA. As explained by GSK rep here:
http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/11/it-has-been-alleged-by-mayo-doctor.html

Very important foot note, smoking bans have closed thousands of bars and restaurants eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs, more information at this hyperlink:

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

(Ventilation equipment is allowed in the industrial workplace to remove welding smoke, why not in the hospitality workplace to remove tobacco smoke? The fact that Nicoderm, Nicorette, Nicotrol, money via RWJF is used to finance smoking ban lobbyists is the likely reason......it's all about making money not concern for health)
 
Update: J & J spent $1.5 million lobbying Obama White House for healthcare laws that will increase their profits.......just as smoking bans have.

Comedian's take on the issue:
http://comedians.jokes.com/auggie-smith/videos/auggie-smith---no-smoking

More here:

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001020
(Peer reviewed and published excerpts):

report on the scope of relationships between these tax-exempt foundations and for-profit corporations including major food and pharmaceutical companies.


As another instance, which may reflect aligning interests (conflicts of interest), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has played a leading role in promoting anti-tobacco products and maintains Smoking Cessation Leadership Centers and programs, although its endowment is mainly invested in Johnson & Johnson, a leading manufacturer of cessation products, and some board members have been represented on both the Foundation and the company's boards.

Related link:

http://www.ukcolumn.org/articles/one-world-governance-new-corporate-american-business-model


News players?

Evidence suggests 3M has been looking into nicotine delivery methods as a possible new market:

http://solutions.3m.com/3MContentRetrievalAPI/BlobServlet?locale=en_WW&lmd=1222925163000&assetId=1180605260561&assetType=MMM_Image&blobAttribute=ImageFile

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