The latest “display of incompetence” award from a major health organization goes to Harold Wimmer, National President & CEO of the American Lung Association (ALA). Wimmer takes diligent care with his opinion to a recent New York Times article, “The Assault on Health and Safety Begins”.
In response to the article, Wimmer stated (underlining is my emphasis)
“Under the guise of reform, the House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act, giving polluters and the tobacco industry free rein to avoid meaningful oversight, regardless of the effect on the health of Americans.”
The Public Health Circus
Wimmer, in his opinion, believes
“common-sense steps under the Tobacco Control Act to protect children from flavored e-cigarettes and cigars would be halted in their tracks.”
He’s also concerned that
“Trying to mislead the public to believe that this so-called reform legislation will improve accountability is not only disingenuous, but also a direct threat to the health of our most vulnerable Americans.”
I’d like to focus on you, Mr. Wimmer, and your so-called accountability and disingenuous motive as a direct threat to the health of adult American smokers who trust your organization.
Invalid Concerns, Ulterior Motive
According to the ALA website:
“The American Lung Association remains concerned about their impact on the public health, given the dramatic increase in use among youth.”
Instead, you should be focusing on
and this, among other things –
Don’t get me started on nicotine.
The Litmus Test
Under my scrutiny, MY opinion – the least of your concerns, Mr. Wimmer, are the millions of adult smokers reading your “insight” and continuing to use tobacco because you omit and fabricate information – with your opinion.
Imagine, if the focus of less tobacco use was obtained using a litmus test. Imagine if less tobacco use was the goal and the criteria was less harm.
You have a captive audience, and you are deceiving them with your bias opinion. You are violating the public’s trust. You do that well with Pfizer as a partner.
Instead of trying to “save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy” – and “to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases” you are lacking integrity by
Focusing on harm
Imagine the steadfast opinions used for persuasion OF the public.
Imagine placing the importance of fiscal health of an organization before public health so the public at large and unbeknownst to them faces settling for less.
Now, imagine the focus was just less smoking. Whether it would be snus, smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes – and I’ll GIVE you the “government approved” traditional but much less effective options like the patch, gum, sprays or inhalers you promote.
Imagine if it included harm reduction.
Imagine 79% successful outcomes.
Imagine if you weren’t perpetuating the tragedy.
On the surface, with your title and contrived innuendo, are leading the public to believe you are “for the consumer”.
Mr. Wimmer, with your willful negligence by “trying to mislead the public to believe” your stance on “less tobacco use” – You and your organization are “a direct threat” to public health and smokers in the United States.
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