As was reported in the last week that six National Health Service (NHS) trust hospitals are on the verge of bankruptcy, they do seem still to have plenty of cash to spend on the tobacco control industry.
The University of Bath Tobacco Research Group headed up by Professor Anna Gilmore, manages the http://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php/Main_Page and in their own words:
“TobaccoTactics (TT) is a project of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the Department for Health at the University of Bath and is overseen by two managing editors, Eveline Lubbers and Andrew Rowell.”
“Disclaimer. Some of the research for TobaccoTactics was funded by Cancer Research UK Limited and Smokefree South West. These funders have had no input into the research reported on this website or its conclusions. They are not responsible for the content or the publication, nor do they necessarily endorse it. Published by the University of Bath. Read the General Disclaimer.”
So who funds SmokeFree South West (SFSW) and how much have they committed to the project? SFSW are funded by the NHS and by definition the taxpayer. So how much are we paying towards it? A couple of weeks ago I put in a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) and have received a reply.
“SmokeFree South West paid a total of £135,000 to the University of Bath over two years for a variety of different tobacco control research related projects. There will be no future funding for this. SmokeFree South West has not funded a specific amount to this website nor will we fund a specific amount in the future. We are not responsible for the content or the publication of the website, nor do we necessarily endorse it.”
In my opinion there are some serious questions to be asked by the taxpayer on where their hard earned cash goes. TT is to be fair a reasonably accurate website and the information by and large correct. However there an antidote to it Tobacco Control Tactics which you will no doubt pleased does not receive a penny from the taxpayer and also tobacco companies. It is a grass root smokers who are fed up of the tobacco control industry.