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Tobacco sellout


To the editor,

Suppose the Roman Catholic church asked you to run anti-family planning, anti-abortion, anti-gender-equality advertisements: Would you do it for a price?

Suppose Charlton Heston rose from the dead with an AK-47 clenched between his teeth and demanded, on behalf of the American gun lobby, that Canadians stop being such pussies and get some hand guns and attack weapons. Would you promote this insanity for top dollars?

And suppose Imperial Tobacco, or its equivalent, wanted to push products that cause horrible deaths and, incidentally, rape the public health purse on behalf of the nicotine lobby, would you run full page advertisements on its behalf?

Oh, I see. You do have your price. Too bad. I thought all of your moralizing about this and that added up to something worth defending. ---Paul Robinson, Dartmouth

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