Tagged: Big Money

NEWS: Marijuana Users Are Like Tobacco Smokers

New study: Marijuana users are more like tobacco smokers
New research published in the Journal of Drug Issues shows that marijuana users have much in common with tobacco smokers. A disproportionate share of marijuana users – like cigarette smokers – are poorer with family incomes under $25,000 and uneducated with a high school diploma or less, according to the study by Steven Davenport and Jonathan Caulkins…

BLOG: Corporate Consumption Complex And The Need For A New Public Health Agenda

The global epidemic of NCDs is ravaging families, communities and burdens sustainable human development. NCDs are driven by corporate practices, including the alcohol and the tobacco industry.
With the emergence of the corporate consumption complex, we must ask tough questions:
Do we want big business to set the agenda of public health, and therefore our lives? And do we want our children to be raised by corporations that imbibe them with values of individualism, instant gratification and relativism? Or do we want our children to be raised by our communities and teach them values of altruism, civic participation and a sense of compassion with others?

BLOG: UEFA Champions League Final: The Glory, The Stars, The Risks

Alcohol sports sponsorship is big business, especially in football and the UEFA Champions League. It has become a premium platform for the alcohol industry to associate alcohol with glamor, performance, success – all messages targeted at children and youth…

BLOG: Big Alcohol At It Again: Illegal Price Fixing Exposed

This scandal shows the hypocrisy of Big Alcohol: While AB InBev is boasting of “empowering consumers through choice” their unethical and repeatedly illegal business methods are exploiting and fooling the consumer. The conclusion is clear: just a short time into the “Smart Drinking Goals” the carefully crafted image is falling apart…

BLOG: Football Players I Like And Don’t Like

Plenty of people, especially children and youth, are among the viewership who find their heroes and idols and role models in the players. Even for me, who doesn’t usually care about American football, I find players I like and players I dislike…

NEWS: Big Business, Think Tanks, Lobbying

Big business, think tanks and lobbying all belong to the same cobweb of relations and business networks. In a long read The Correspondent, Bas van Beek, Jilles Mast, and Sophia Beunder of the Platform for Authentic Journalism, as well as correspondent Dimitri Tokmetzis who assisted with the data research, collaborate to analyse the ties of big business with think tanks, and show how these ties make think tanks lobbying vehicles…

BLOG: If You Could Save The Planet, Would You?

Human kind is depleting the resources of the earth. But saving our planet is not (just) about different energy sources, less traffic and more energy efficiency. Saving the planet is about what you and I choose to put into our mouths…

NEWS: Alcohol Industry Involved In Big Tobacco Bribery

A few weeks ago BBC’s Panorama exposed corruption at one of Britain’s biggest companies: British American Tobacco. Reporter Richard Bilton uncovered evidence that employees bribed civil servants and politicians across Africa – undermining a United Nations campaign to save lives.
The evidence of bribery schemes conducted by the UK’s British American Tobacco (BAT) now shows that the alcohol industry is entangled, too. The scandal also involves BAT rival Mastermind Tobacco as well as East African Breweries Limited (EABL)…

BLOG: Big Beer Behemoth Big Problems Abound

The biggest beer producers agreed on terms for a gigantic deal that means profits for a few and serious threat to global health, development for the rest. Here’s my analysis of how and why this beer behemoth will mean trouble for global health and development…