January 12, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

ACSH attacks American Cancer Society, good evidence that ACS is doing something right on e-cigs

The American Cancer Society has clearly hit a nerve of e-cigarette/tobacco interests by working to block industry Trojan Horse bills that use nominal restrictions on e-cigarette sales to kids to get industry-friendly definitions of e-cigarettes written into law that make it harder to regulate use of and tax e-cigarettes. 
The most recent evidence that ACS is doing the right thing is a broadly worded attack in a blog published on The Hill, which is read by DC insiders, by the American Council on Science and Health's Gilbert Ross.  Ross complains that, “The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network’s roams the country to wherever a bill is proposed that would ban the sale of ecigs to minors — if such a bill also carves out a non-tobacco-product status for them.”
Ross and ACSH have been aggressively promoting e-cigarettes while taking money from cigarette companies who, if you believe e-cigarette advocates, would be threatened by e-cigarettes and would want to stop them.  Big tobacco money to ACSH includes $100,000 from RJ Reynolds in 2013 and $25,000 from Philip Morris in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2013 ACSH expected contributions from PM for $25,000, RJR: $100,000, Swedish Match $40,000, Philip Morris International: $100,000, Lorillard: $25,000, BAT: $25,000, The Safe Cig: $50,000, with new projects including collaboration with Roy Anise of e-cigarette company NJOY (evidence 1, evidence 2).



Can this be the same Dr. Gilbert Ross who is listed as a Policy Advisor (http://heartland.org/experts?page=15";http://heartland.org/experts?page=15) by the Heartland Institute, which has a long history of tobacco funding and supporting industry approaches?
Can this also be the same Dr. Gilbert Ross who reportedly "served time in a federal prison camp" and for a period "had his medical licence revoked for Medicare fraud"?
Can this also be the same Dr. Gilbert Ross who was found by a judge to be "a highly untrustworthy individual"?
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2005/11/paging-dr-ross";http://www.m... instructive.
Mike Daube

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