Big Tobacco’s Cynical Smokescreen: AIDS

Tobacco firms helped promote the AIDS agenda in developing countries in a cynical bid to shift the focus away from smoking hazards, a paper in Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS.

In 1992, for example, British American Tobacco (BAT) sponsored music concerts and football matches promoting AIDS awareness in Argentina to divert attention away from the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Buenos Aires.

The Quote: “Facing the increasing importance [of AIDS] in the world and in Argentina, we believe this disease to be the sole matter [capable] of eclipsing the conference,” wrote a BAT representative in a strategy document.


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