Similarities Between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

The Top 5 Similarities and Practices Between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma


Tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies share so many commonalities and industry practices, that it is quite difficult to deny their ideological similarities. Besides the fact that both have used medical doctors to push their products, here are 5 other examples.

1. They both keep harmful findings of their products from the public.

Manufacturers from both Big Tobacco [BT] and Big Pharma [BP] deny the presence of any danger in their products and even spend millions of dollars trying to discredit the research that points to problems.

BT knew that cigarette smoke contained radioactive alpha particles for more than four decades and developed “deep and intimate” knowledge of these particles’ cancer-causing potential, but they deliberately kept their findings from the public. UCLA researchers elaborate.

BP routinely prevents both physicians, public health agencies and the public itself from discovering the true harm of pharmaceuticals. As just one example of many, Merck was successfully sued for millions for withholding critical data about heart attacks in landmark trials involving the now-banned cox-2 inhibitor, Vioxx.

One of the most critical elements which defines the toxicity potential of vaccines are its pharmacokinetic properties. BP refuses to consider the study, analysis or evaluation of the pharmacokinetic properties of any vaccine ingredients or excipients. This means that the bodily absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of ingredients within the vaccine are not known or even considered in safety assessments.

2. They both create fraudulent tests and arrange clinical trials by paying researchers to produce desired results.

The incentive for researchers to fabricate data on behalf of BT and BP has always been enormous. Researchers have earned millions from drug research. And they know all too well that if they don’t produce the desired data, the loss of future work is inevitable. Unfortunately, because of secrecy, most fraud in clinical trials is unlikely to be detected.

Ghost writers are commonly commissioned by drug companies to produce ghost studies. Six of the top medical journals published a significant number of articles written by ghostwriters. BT employed the same tactics in the 1950s for scientific and public acceptance of cigarettes.

One in seven scientists says that they are aware of colleagues having seriously breached acceptable conduct by inventing results. And around 46 per cent say that they have observed fellow scientists engage in “questionable practices”, such as presenting data selectively or changing the conclusions of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.

3. They both target Hollywood and children.

The study published in the health journal Tobacco Control, said cigarette companies aggressively pursued product placement in films in the 1980s and “undertook an extensive campaign to hook Hollywood on tobacco by providing free cigarettes to actors.” The study reviewed more than 1,500 previously secret, internal tobacco industry documents made public through the 1998 tobacco settlement.

BT also used cartoon characters such as Joe Camel and Popeye candy cigarettes to market to the youngest of generations to ease their progression into real cigarettes once they became adolescents.

BP is constantly incorporating pharmaceutical products and vaccines in film and television at every turn. For example pro-vaccine propagandas such as

Contagion — a fast-paced thriller about a deadly pandemic that sweeps across the world, killing millions as scientists race to find a vaccine. The movie has been hailed by pro-vaccine advocates, with Dr. Ward Robinson, medical director of the Guilford County Department of Public Health, saying that if anything, viewers should realize the importance of being vaccinated.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services routinely incorporates the message of their pharmaceutical masters through animated films and cartoons.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

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