Is the publishing of "truth" ads by the tobacco companies a wise use of funding? Could it not be better used another way?
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Last month tobacco companies were ordered by a federal judge to publish corrective statements admitting they lied about the dangers of smoking. The companies reportedly have to disclose the true dangers of smoking, including that it kills on average 1,200 people a day. In a story in Time, it was reported that these statements have to be done in the form of ads that also say the tobacco companies, “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.” Other ads have to include statements that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined and that “secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year.” So is this a fair punishment for the tobacco companies for deceiving …
Tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disability in the world.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
WellStar Health System will become a tobacco-free environment effective Jan. 1. After this date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted anywhere on WellStar property. This new policy includes the elimination of all designated smoking areas at WellStar facilities. “WellStar is joining hospitals across the United States in an effort to become 100 percent tobacco free,” Reynold J. Jennings, president and chief executive officer of WellStar, said in a press release. “As healthcare providers, we know the detrimental effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. We believe we must set an example for our community.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and …