Friday, August 24, 2012

[EQ] Why corporate power is a public health priority

Why corporate power is a public health priority

Gerard Hastings
Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling and the Open University, UK

BMJ - 2012; 345 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5124 - Published 21 August 2012

“….The marketing campaigns of multinational corporations are harming our physical, mental, and collective wellbeing. Gerard Hastings urges the public health movement to take action..



“…..The work of Professor Richard Doll* provides two key lessons for public health.
The first, that we must do all we can to eradicate the use of tobacco, has been well learnt and is being energetically acted upon.
The second, more subtle learning—that our economic system has deep flaws—remains largely ignored. And yet, lethal though tobacco is, the harm being done to public health by our economic system is far greater…..”


** Professor Sir Richard Doll, epidemiologist and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, was one of the first two scientists to link smoking with lung cancer


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