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Thread: When cancer charities cause cancer, who is responsible?

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    When cancer charities cause cancer, who is responsible?

    The date for guilty knowledge has passed .....


    This twitter exchange about a week ago raised the interesting question of accountability for the campaigning and policy positions adopted by ‘health lobbyists’ – usually from registered charities. Are they liable in law or otherwise accountable if they press policies they know or should know do not work or actively cause harm? In this case, I refer to the health charities’ support for a ban on snus, in the face of all the evidence. The role of Cancer Research UK’s support for the ban on snus is especially troubling as it funds or otherwise influences so many other groups and academics. This gets to the heart of their charitable status, which under the Charities Act 2011 requires a them to have a charitable purpose that meets a test for a ‘public benefit requirement‘ (it is worth reading this – it applies equally to the stance they take on e-cigarettes). It turns out they are required to take account of evidence and can’t just make up positions that their staff feel comfortable with:

    When cancer charities cause cancer, who is responsible? « The counterfactual

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    Gotta love the Swedes and their snus, making everybody else look bad.
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    They're very sensible people, those Swedes .....

    Swedish Administrative court rules ecigs are not medicinal ............

    http://saveecigs.wordpress.com/

    Edit ... wrong link

 

 

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