Cronies, Crooks, and Criminals: The FDA’s Glass House

As the old saying goes, “he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.” The United States Food and Drug Administration spends countless millions of taxpayer dollars on advertisements to try and scare the daylights out of smokers. The goal? Get them to switch to pharmaceutical Nicotine Replacement Therapies instead.

Can we trust anything the FDA has to say about smoking – or any drug, for that matter? Not really. The FDA has been caught playing chicken with the public’s health countless times, engaging in everything from faking X-rays to forging lab tests to outright falsification of data. And as a matter of policy, the FDA keeps quiet when these misdeeds are found out. It’s pretty rare for the press or public to find out about them. None of this exactly inspires trust.

The remainder of this article is for members only.

$2 gets you unlimited access to complete articles, archives, images, videos, data, and a variety of additional resources.