Molly Butz | COPD Foundation

Molly Butz | COPD FoundationThe COPD Foundation in conjunction with global partners surveyed respiratory patients to gauge their views on tobacco company ownership of pharmaceutical companies.
Results of the patient survey were published in Thorax this week. Of note, 70% of patients surveyed are “bothered” that tobacco corporations make money from inhalers, medications, or other treatment devices. Learn more: https://copdf.co/tobaccosurvey

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Community Announcements

Community Announcementsadded a new article Seventy Percent (70%) of Patients Surveyed Voice Concern About Tobacco Corporations’ Ownership of Lung Disease Treatments

New Communications Brief in the journal Thorax reports survey findings that address tobacco company ownership in the making or selling of inhaler devices

MIAMI, FL - Seventy percent (70%) of respondents to an international survey conducted earlier this year said they are either “bothered” or "really bothered" when tobacco companies make money from an inhaler, medication, or other devices that treat their lung conditions. The findings are available in a newly published communications brief, "Tobacco industry ownership of pharmaceutical companies: an international survey of people with respiratory disease," in the Journal Thorax, the official journal of the British Thoracic Society.

The survey gave people with chronic lung disease a voice in the conversation about tobacco corporations owning companies that develop tools and medications to treat lung conditions. A total of 1,196 people who reported inhaler use completed the survey in early 2022. Based on the survey's findings, as reported in Thorax, most patients care deeply that tobacco companies have a financial stake in drug or device companies and profit from life-saving treatment.

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