RWJF improperly coerced lawmakers thru surrogates (ALA, ACS, CTFK, etc) to implement laws (smoking bans) that destroyed 165,000+ jobs
The impropriety is that RWJF is closely tied to Johnson & Johnson Company, which manufactures or owns Nicoderm, Nicotrol, Nicorette, Commit (pharmaceutical nicotine products) as one of J & J's largest shareholders (the
only stock that RWJF owns incidentally) and the fact that RWJF board
members are former J & J executives and / or J & J board members;
RWJF's push to ban tobacco nicotine use, appears to be profit and
market driven. As a matter of fact, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN reported that the use of pharmaceutical nicotine products aforementioned tripled after implementation of said smoking bans.
Moreover, the real issue with these rent seeking laws is that they unnecessarily
destroy jobs and our economy. At least 5,500 hospitality closings are
chronicled in these four links: (at an average of 30 employees per
hospitality establishment there's a minimum of 165,000 job losses since
smoking bans were enacted)
Clearly, it is time to reverse the smoking bans imposed on privately owned bars & restaurants and/or force RWJF /J & J to compensate those of us in the hospitality and hospitality support industries.
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