RE: STAYING "TOBACCO INDUSTRY - FREE"
What is good for the tobacco industry is bad for public health, and vice
versa. There is no "common ground" between the two. Anything
that the industry does, you can be rest assured is intended to directly
or indirectly maintain/boost its profits, i.e. kill more people. Here
are some recommendations for maintaining your integrity as a tobacco control
advocate. Some may depend on the circumstances, but it is generally advised:
1. DO NOT
PARTNER WITH THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
2. DO NOT ACCEPT (OR SOLICIT) MONEY OR ANY FORM OF DONATION - EITHER
DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY - FROM THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
3. DO NOT MEET WITH THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY ON THEIR TURF,
ON THEIR TERMS.
4. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN TOBACCO INDUSTRY - SPONSORED "DIALOGUES,"
SYMPOSIA, EVALUATIONS ETC. IGNORE TO LETTERS OF INVITATION -- THEY ARE
NOT WORTH A RESPONSE. IF CONTACTED BY PHONE, DECLINE INVOLVEMENT, STATE
YOUR REASON, HANG UP.
5. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY SUPPLY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION TO
THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND ITS HIRES.
6. INVESTIGATE STRANGE REQUESTS THAT MAY INVOLVE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
ASK YOUR PARTNER &/OR ESSENTIAL ACTION FOR ASSISTANCE.
7. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR RESPONSE WILL BE *BEFORE* THE INDUSTRY CONTACTS
YOU. DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION, YOU MAY WANT TO INSTITUTE
AN OFFICIAL "TOBACCO INDUSTRY - FREE" POLICY.
8. LET YOUR COLLEAGUES KNOW ABOUT ANY CASES OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
(OR ITS HIRES) CONTACTING YOU.
9. REQUIRE AGENCIES WITH WHICH YOU HAVE CONTRACTS TO FILL OUT A "TOBACCO
INDUSTRY TIES" DISCLOSURE FORM & TO MAKE A WRITTEN PLEDGE TO
REMAIN "TOBACCO INDUSTRY - FREE"
10. ENCOURAGE OTHER INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS TO
ABIDE BY THE ABOVE GUIDELINES!
Or more simply:
debate or work with the industry. It is like mud wrestling with pigs.
Two things happen . You both get dirty and the pigs love it.
(Joel Dunnington, paraphrasing Alan Blum)
of further information:
Guidelines for Meeting with the Tobacco Industry
by Judith Mackay and Mary Assunta
Kit" for Helping Local Groups say NO to Tobacco Money
by Project SMART Money (Sponsorship Mission: Avoid Reliance on Tobacco)
Can be ordered from the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California:
Global Partnerships for Tobacco Control
P.O. Box 19405 ~ Washington,
Tel: +1 202-387-8030 ~ Fax: +1 202-234-5176