Oproep voor boycot van motoren achter anti-rokenbeweging

Een groot aantal Amerikaanse rokersbelangen- en burgerrechten groepen heeft opgeroepen geen geld meer te geven aan organisaties die zich actief bezig houden met het pushen en financieren van antirokenmaatregelen.


Organisaties als de American Cancer Society, American Lung Association en de American Heart Association bemoeien zich actief met, of initiëren zelfs, de wetgeving in staten en counties die leiden tot de verdere pariarisering van rokers.


Het nieuws werd in heel de VS door de nieuwsmedia opgepikt, onder andere door ABC News.


Het wordt tijd dat een dergelijk initiatief ook in Nederland wordt genomen….


ALBANY, N.Y. — Smoking rights’ groups, tavern owners and libertarian political parties in nine states are calling for a boycott of donations to major charities, saying their support of smoking bans is a threat to small businesses and civil rights.

“No more,” says Audrey Silk, founder of NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, which is leading what appears to be the first-ever boycott of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association.

“We will stop contributing to Big Nanny,” she said. “Why do we want to donate to groups that are out to ruin our businesses and demean us as human beings?”

Smokers’ and libertarian groups from Minnesota to Massachusetts are targeting the nonprofits for their political activities. The smokers’ rights groups complain that the charities don’t just support research and people afflicted with disease, but use their considerable lobbying power to help write smoking bans in states and municipalities.

Silk says her group gets no money from tobacco interests.

Silk targeted the American Cancer Society’s radio and print advertising campaign in New Jersey, which calls on residents to urge their elected officials to pass an indoor smoking ban. Such bans hurt “mom-and-pop businesses and are intended to make pariahs out of adults engaging in a legal behavior,” she said.

American Cancer Society national spokeswoman Colleen Wilber said she hasn’t heard of such a boycott before. But she said the organization’s lobbying efforts to support smoking bans to protect workers from secondhand smoke draw local opposition.

“We know people lose their lives to secondhand smoke and we see it as our obligation to protect those people from getting sick or dying,” said Karen Becker, spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey, which supports New Jersey’s proposed indoor smoking ban.

The boycott effort is supported by Silk’s CLASH, the national Smokers Club Inc., Illinois Smokers’ Rights group, Indiana Amusement and Music Operators Association, the Kentucky Licensed Beverage Association, the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition, the Cambridge Citizens For Smokers’ Rights in Massachusetts, the Smoke Out Gary group based in Minneapolis, Minnesotans Against Smoking Bans, the Fight City Hall group of Minnesota, Taverners United for Fairness New York, the American Arborist of New York, the Madison County Chapter of the Independence Party Ohio, the Lakewood Hospitality Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Smokers Action Network and Tennessee’s Yes S.I.R. group.


The groups are urging members and sympathizers to continue to donate to charities with similar goals including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mary Crowley Medical Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children as well as local medical charities.


Vergelijkbare Nederlandse organisaties, die onder andere Stivoro oprichtten, zijn: het Koningin Wilhelminafonds, het Astmafonds en de Nederlandse Hartstichting. Wij roepen ook op om donaties niet meer aan deze organisaties te geven maar aan soortgelijke zusterorganisaties zoals bijvoorbeeld de Stichting Astma Bestrijding, die zich niet bezighouden met het bevorderen van discriminatie van rokers.


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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland


  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH