Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Every thing has a price, including the American Lung Assoc.
You'd think that the American Lung Association had the best interests of the health of Americans in mind when it chooses to endorse or criticize products. Well, you'd be wrong.
Turns out that Pfizer is losing its ass on smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Nicotrol because to date there have been 500 suicides of users of these products(suicidal thoughts are a known side-effect). And to be fair, the commercials all warn you abut "feelings of suicide" as a side-effect but 500? Seriously?
The ALA purports to be all about smoking cessation and have in the past endorsed the new ridiculous but harmless e-cigarettes as a way to get your nicotine fix without all the harmful cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke. But they've recently taken a hard line against them, why? Because Pfizer donated $900,000 to them with the understanding that they would criticize e-cigs that are taking much market share away from cessation drugs.
That the ALA would criticize an essentially harmless product so that a drug manufacturer can increase sales of drugs that cause people by the hundreds to take their own lives is outrageous.
I wonder if people sucking on pretend cigarettes know how dumb and weak they look?