Tobacco Free Kids Will be Partially Responsible for the Death of Millions Says proffessor
Dear Mr. Dunworth,
I am a professor of medicine and hold an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville in the States, and I read with interest your open letter to Tobacco Free Kids.
Your position on the health effects of nicotine versus smoking is unimpeachable. There is no public health justification for denying smokers information about and access to safer sources of tobacco and nicotine. But the war against tobacco, conducted by Tobacco Free Kids and their allies, is not about public health. It has become the latest in a long line of misguided American moral crusades.
You will get no response from TFK. That organization has a long history of refusing to discuss substantive issues regarding tobacco harm reduction. The American legislative process is closed to all but a few powerful interests, who will soon be gloating over their "success" in passing FDA regulation of tobacco. I am convinced that these anti-tobacco extremists will eventually be held partially responsible for the deaths of millions of uninformed smokers.
Professor of Medicine
Endowed Chair, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research
University of Louisville
James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202