War with competitors. Part 1
As states one of the oldest activists with anti-tobacco lobby, one of directors of Dutch smoker's rights group Seren Hoyberg, answer on question "who is interested in smoking control?" is located directly on cigarettes' pack. As among numerous warnings one of the most popular is: "Your doctor or pharmacist can help you to quit smoking". Hoyberg's explanation is simple: "A number of pharmaceutical Companies have direct economic interest in anti-tobacco campaigns. The most striking example is charitable organization The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It has presented millions of dollars in form of grants for smoking control. Nevertheless this foundation is one of the major stockholders of Pharmaceutical Corporation Johnson and Johnson". This Company, specialist says, is one of leading manufacturers and sellers of pharmaceutical drugs intended for those, who want to smoke: nicotine chewing-gum, plaster or inhaler. "Any anti-tobacco campaign originates new interest to such means", - Hoyberg notes. Practically all these remedies are used in so-called nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), when nicotine, that actually causes addiction enters inside not with cigarette smoke but in some other way, for example, through skin or oral mucosa.
This was confirmed by Britain government data as well, that during the smoking ban in public places discussion and limitation of cigarettes' sale has marked: "NRT are already widely used and in many cases is subsidized by government. Pharmaceutical Companies obtain benefit of these government subsidies: they have real interest to promote smoking bans and... to tobacco products' sale restriction as all of these are important instruments for promotion of their own products. And it doesn't matter for them that they are launching trade war with use of social means and at the same time they deprive society of choice of liberty".