Anti-smoking campaigners and politicians were horrified; Vectura’s inhalers help treat asthma and lung disease — conditions exacerbated by smoking. Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said the bid was “deeply alarming and wrong”. He wrote to Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary and Sajid Javid, the health secretary, urging them to intervene.

Last week, the charities Cancer Research UK, Asthma UK, the British Lung Foundation and Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) called on the government to block the deal, saying there was a “real prospect” that PMI would use the takeover to “legitimise tobacco industry participation in health debates”.

Big Tobacco must not change its business model to reduce harms done.

At the same time Shell and BP etc must invest in solar and windmills. Big Oil must change its business model to reduce the harms done.

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  1. I doubt if Philip Morris are planning to put nicotine in asthma inhalers.
    OTOH I can readily imagine a vape manufacturer putting a bit of NOx or happy drug or even anti asthma drug in a vape.
    (If ever they were allowed to of course. Which they’re not. So why all the fuss?)

  2. BP et al invested in renewables off their own backs. The eco-loons are furious at their greenwashing. (What they really wanted was for BP to divert an ever-increasing % of their profits to do-nothing green advocacy groups such as themselves.)

  3. Here in the US, at least, this is because of the Master Settlement. If Big Tobacco changes to a non-harmful product . . . well, there’s a massive cash inflow at stake here. States and quangos stand to lose a lot of money if the MS could be disbanded because tobacco companies are gone and replaced by fairly harmless vape and alternative product companies.

  4. There is no such continuing payment scheme for the oil and gas companies – hence why there’s no pressure on them to keep doing the things that caused the tobacco companies to have to keep paying out forever.

    In the end that’s all this is – one group gets money from tobacco companies ‘because of the harm they cause’ so they want them to keep causing that harm.

    The other groups get money from campaigning the oil sector to change.

    In the end, its all about the money.

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