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    Becky Freeman

    The primary purpose behind tobacco industry involvement with good causes and particularity health bodies is to interfere with the implementation of effective tobacco control. An extensive body of academic research has documented how the industry has funded health research and philanthropy, implemented “corporate social responsibility” initiatives, and developed youth smoking prevention programmes all in the name of convincing legislators there is no need to further regulate an industry that can responsibly self-regulate.

    Of course, none of this behaviour is unexpected – the shocking part is the number of allies willing to play along with this farce by accepting tobacco industry funds. This tawdry affair is well illustrated by British American Tobacco Australia’s support of Guide Dogs Australia. No mention is made that smoking is the leading cause of preventable blindness.

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    Jon Hunt

    Err… it is? A leading cause of death maybe, but not sure about blindness. However I suppose if you are dead you probably can’t see.

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    It’s a leading risk factor for age-related macular degeneration.

    It’s not *the* leading cause of preventable blindness, however.


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