This is from 6 years ago, but as far as I can tell, NOTHING has changed.
There is so much to quote, I don't even know where to start.
We often compare vaccines with cigarettes, but she made some points of which I was COMPLETELY unaware:
"The first study linking cigarettes to lung cancer was published in1939. The first statement from the Surgeon General on the topic was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November, 1959."
20 years?? It took 20 YEARS? And then another decade to label the product???
"a recap: medical experts often reverse themselves over time, and it took the U.S. Government nigh on thirty years after the first study linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer to officially warn citizens about the dangers of smoking."
And, oh, how much the pharmaceutical companies learned from the tobacco companies' "mistakes."
"If you think the tobacco companies spend a lot of money on lobbying and campaign donations, let's do a little comparison on how they rate compared to the pharmaceutical industry, in this country...
Tobacco (between 1997 and 2007): $34.7 million
Pharmaceuticals (for same period): $675 million [this figure is ONLY for lobbying]
Oh, wait, those figures aren't exactly comparable... that second amount is for lobbying alone--it doesn't include the drug companies' political campaign contributions, in the United States."
There is more--SO much more, that all I can say is, read the whole article. :)