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Vaping: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations

An investigation by “Le Monde” and “The Investigative Desk” (Netherlands) reveals the alliance between the tobacco lobby and the networks of American oil tycoons to prevent regulations on electronic cigarettes.

By Eva Schram, Stéphane Horel, Tim Luimes and Ties Keyzer.

Under the guise of defending individual freedom, fake consumer organisations are promoting e-cigarettes. They are an illusion to the public and decision-makers, aiming to influence regulation of these new products and to hamper tobacco control. They are secretly funded by the tobacco lobby and the networks of American oil billionaires. The stakes are not just financial. This elusive nebula is working to disseminate a radical right-wing ideology, hostile to government intervention, in the heart of Europe: libertarianism.

3 November 2021. 

This article was published in NRC, Internazionale and Le Monde. Read the whole article in English on the website of Le Monde


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