Meet Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
RWJF targets smokers, drinkers, and fat people.
H/T Bob Johnson on Facebook for RWJF: Behind the Neo-Prohibition Campaign.
The stated mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Behind the rhetoric, however, the foundation seeks to discourage a social drinking culture and drive drinking underground and away from public areas. Using over $265 million over a five year period, it has created a nationwide network of neo-prohibitionist organizations and funded the large majority of studies focused on “exposing the dangers of alcohol.” Most neo-prohibitionists campaigns in the United States can be traced in some way back to the RWJF’s headquarters and most anti-alcohol groups receive at least a portion of their funding from the foundation.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation serves as the biggest single funding source for campaigns to make alcohol less available, more expensive, and less appealing to consumers across the country.
It’s got plenty of money:
The RWJF reported $7,513,607,363 cash on hand at the end of 2008… The RWJF provides grants to public agencies, universities, and public charities for projects that advance their agenda. In 2009, the organization gave away approximately $350 million in grants and in 2008, RWJF spent over $400 million on grants and direct campaigns, including:
Attempts to restrict the operating hours of restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to limit consumers’ ability to purchase and consume alcohol.
Efforts to restrict sale of alcohol at sporting events and prohibit drinking in public.
Development of mandatory server training programs that overemphasize the dangers of drinking.
Efforts to increase alcohol taxes to encourage consumers to cut back on alcohol.
Studies about the dangers of alcohol consumption to scare consumers away from moderate drinking.
Efforts to reduce advertising for alcoholic products.
Advertisements equating alcohol to dangerous illegal drugs by portraying a beer bottle as a syringe.
It buys influence. Among others:
The College Alcohol Study that popularized the term “binge drinking.” Further studies found that many of the student surveyed in the study had blood alcohol contents below .08 (i.e. were not drunk)
Multiple grants to the Rand Corporation to produce studies in support of sobriety roadblocks and limiting access to alcohol.
Jim Gogek, an editorial writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, who was paid $25,000 a year by RWJF. Gogek wrote an op-ed in The New York Times accusing the Governors of Maryland, New York and New Jersey of being bought and paid for by the alcohol industry because they oppose even higher “sin” taxes.
And, in the opposite corner, meet Nigel Farage:
with 100 days till the election, 100 reasons to vote UKIP, which include:
41. Amend the smoking ban to promote choice for ventilated smoking rooms
42. Opposing plain packs for cigarettes, which has had no impact where trialled