April 10, 2018
On April 12, the book Natural Causes, by Barbara Ehrenreich, will be released. An edited extract was recently published in The Guardian entitled, “Why are the poor blamed and shamed for their deaths?” Some of the themes identified by the author are consistent with those highlighted by the Foundation’s State of Smoking Survey released last month. In our assessment, the global poll data debunks several stereotypes associated with smokers. At the Foundation, we believe action is required to cut the most tangible contributor to social class differences in mortality – smoking. The Foundation is committed to the following measures: engage the smoker in developing solutions that work for the individual in every economic and social class, leverage product innovations and advances for the benefit of the consumer, continue the enforcement of tobacco control measures that are working, and accept the FDA’s approach which places nicotine and the issue of addiction at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.