Politicians with deep ties to the tobacco industry now head the U.S. Health Department, the top attorney’s office and the Senate. In 2001, Mike Pence even wrote, "Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill."
From Democracy Now! transcript:
From Vice President Mike Pence to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a new Guardian report exposes how tobacco companies have gained unprecedented influence in Washington since the Trump administration came to power. Politicians with deep ties to the tobacco industry now head the U.S. Health Department, the top attorney’s office and the Senate, even as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death. The series also looks at how U.S. and British tobacco giants are trying to expand their global market, especially across Africa. We are joined by Jessica Glenza, health journalist for The Guardian.