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A New Health Threat: Federally-Funded Health Policy Based on Junk Science

This special Through the Looking Glass report is a continuation of Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) examination of how federal health policy activities and programs, costing taxpayers billions of dollars annually, have been politicized to the detriment of the public health. While the federal government should administer these programs in a way that benefits all Americans, this does not always happen.

CAGW has examined several cases in the federal government where certain health policies are being determined based upon preconceived agendas, regardless of the facts. This bias has been demonstrated most clearly in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and food. All too often, federal agencies are catering to neo-prohibitionist constituencies that have no interest in finding the truth.

In particular, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services, in their administration of The Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act of 1986, are disseminating misleading and inaccurate information to the public regarding the dangers of smokeless tobacco. In this case, the agencies are dedicated to pleasing activists that are so dedicated to their anti-tobacco “quit or die” agenda that they actively try to prevent the public from receiving any information regarding smokeless tobacco’s potential as either a reduced-risk alternative to smoking or a cessation technique.

The report concludes that more smokers would be helped if the federal government used a harm-reduction approach on tobacco. To achieve this objective, it is time to end the taxpayer-financed campaign of disinformation regarding smokeless tobacco. The distortion of the truth on such an alternative to smoking may be causing hundreds of thousands of unnecessary American deaths annually.

Read the entire stunning report at the following CAGW link:

A New Health Threat: Federally-Funded Health Policy Based on Junk Science