…in many instance, it’ll be an unfair fight between enormously well-funded, politically savvy industry lobbies and a few determined nonprofits that advocate for public health.
“…over the past five years, less than 10% of the nearly $40 billion in tobacco payments went towards such efforts.”
It isn’t PhDs in the white lab coats who show up at your doctor’s office to provide false or misleading information about drug safety.
Politicians are often accused of flip-flopping, but they may see themselves as representing the will of the voters.
Don’t forget that relatively few Americans vote in local elections. That may be a disgrace, but it also means that advocacy by a committed few can have the greatest impact.
As one longtime Capitol Hill figure told me, “you can get anything accomplished as long as you’re willing to share the credit– especially with those who don’t deserve it.”