The Big Pharma Pfizer paid donations to support campaigns against vaping

According to the German press, it would have done so in exchange for spreading false information about the electronic cigarette

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The Big Pharma Pfizer paid donations to support campaigns against vaping

The Big Pharma company, Pfizer, paid donations to support campaigns against vaping

The big pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer has made million of donations to support campaigns against vaping in Germany. Reported by the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

The Big Pharma Pfizer supports campaigns against vaping
The Big Pharma Pfizer supports campaigns against vaping

This pharmaceutical company has a very important market for nicotine substitutes. Having financed the ABNR campaign (Alliance for German Action against Tobacco).

Back in 2016, some German media discovered links between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Scientific Action Task Force on Quitting Smoking (WAT) with the pharmaceutical industry. Establishing links with Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson.

According to Der Spiegel’s information, ABNR has not only received significant donations from Pfizer, but also a representative of this pharmaceutical company has been part of the ABNR steering committee.

ABNR Admits All

The ABNR admitted receiving donations from the pharmaceutical industry since 2009. According to the German press, it would have done so in exchange for spreading false information about electronic cigarettes, without taking into account the scientific evidence on tobacco harm reduction.

These practices would demonstrate the fear of the pharmaceutical industry. Seeing its market share fall against the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes.

Recent studies carried out by British and American Universities have endorsed vaping as a method of quitting smoking. Vaping has proven to be twice as effective as other methods offered by the pharmaceutical industry when quitting tobacco.

It is worth mentioning that Pfizer sells the most used drug against tobacco addiction. Champix, which contains an active substance called varenicline.

Myblu asks for more regulations 

The vaping brand Myblue has claimed “the need to protect consumers through evidence-based regulation, and the requirement of strict and consistent public control that applies to all products.” This is happening after health authorities in the US have reported the first death related to vaping in this country.

According to NHS,  e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality in the UK. “They’re not completely risk free. However, they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes”, states the National Health Service in England.

National Health Service in England
National Health Service in England

E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke. Although e-liquid and vapor contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in cigarette smoke, they are only there at much lower levels.

Almost all of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke. Many of which are toxic. Nicotine replacement therapy has been widely used for many years to help people stop smoking and is a safe treatment.

There’s no evidence so far that vaping causes harm to other people around you. This is in contrast to secondhand smoke from smoking, which is known to be very harmful to health.

Alfonso Melero

Alfonso Melero

Content creator and marketer. Originally from Spain, I lived a few years in Scotland and China where I started to work for the vaping industry. Vaping is not only a profession for me but also a passion. I quit smoking thanks to vaping almost 3 years ago. I helped many smokers to switch to vaping since as I am convinced vaping is a much healhier alternative to tobbaco smoking.