Big Tobacco and 51 of Utah’s Legislators … The Travesty, Tragedy and Stupidity!

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Travesty and Tragedy

In terms of the sum of numbers reflecting a global human travesty and tragedy, it is arguably more ethical, moral, practical and safe to take campaign finance donations from Vladimir Putin, ISIS, The Taliban, The Mafia, North Korea or Iran than it should be ethical to finance one’s political campaign with money from Big Tobacco.

The mere act of having a proximity to and connivance with Big Tobacco is a travesty of unconscionable proportions … and … becomes either a study in arrogance and hypocrisy or abject brainless, heartless, and cowardly conduct by Utah’s Legislators.

51 Utah Legislators on the Take

Special interests gave Utah Lawmakers $9 of every $10 in campaign funds they raised. According to “Follow the,” the following are Utah Legislators who have raised campaign funds from tobacco companies and from tobacco product sales.  In other words, Big Tobacco has purchased  influence from these 51 Utah legislators found here 


Tobacco Wars … Sharyl Attkisson

From Sharyl Attkisson (Bio) an Emmy award winning investigative journalist, host of Sinclair’s Sunday morning news program “Full Measure,” and author of the New York Times bestsellers: “The Smear” and Stonewalled” we share the following video.

The forgotten tobacco wars by Sharyl Attkisson on February 20, 2019 Watch our fascinating Full Measure investigation into the cigarette cancer trials still going on in Florida decades after many believed a major settlement ended the matter. Support the Attkisson v. DOJ/FBI Fourth Amendment Litigation Fund to fight the government computer intrusions. For more information, click here: Full Measure TV Station List hereWatch anytime online at

Tobacco Wars Video

CDC Statistics

From the Center for Disease Control, “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.”



1,300 deaths every day equals more than the sum of the 2,996 deaths from the 9-11 Twin Towers disaster repeated every third day.

Smoking is #2 in cause of deaths by pollution


Who, Which, Where, What is truly more terrible … Smoking or Terrorism?

“We have met the enemy and they are us!” – Pogo

Smoking Also Has Serious Financial Repercussions  by , Jan 11, 2019

Alongside the serious health problems it causes, smoking can also burn a sizeable hold in your wallet. Tobacco use contributes to nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. every year and its economic and societal costs are over $300 billion annually.  A recent WalletHub study set out to find out how much smoking costs people in the U.S. over the course of their lifetimes. The research was based on the cost of a pack of cigarettes per day, health care expenditure and income losses and other costs due to the habit.   It found that Connecticut has the highest annual cost for a smoker at $55,973 each year. New York comes second with $55,911 while D.C. is in third place at $55,167. Shockingly, smoking a pack a day in Connecticut will cost a heavy smoker there a whopping $2.8 million through direct and associated costs in his or her lifetime.  

Special interests gave Utah Lawmakers $9 of every $10 in campaign funds they raised.

Constituent donations add up to about 3 percent of campaign accounts, raising questions about who’s got legislators’ ears. Tribune article by Lee Davidson January 23, 2018.
“Special interests provided 92 percent of all the campaign donations that members of the 2018 Utah Legislature raised last year. Only 3 percent came from individuals who live in the member’s district, a Salt Lake Tribune analysis of disclosure forms shows. This is a pattern seen over several years.”

From the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. More than 16 million Americans are zLung-Cancerliving with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than zsmoking-parents480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.

In an article by Lee Davidson of The Salt Lake Tribune, December 12, 2016, “So 88 percent of Utah legislators — eight of every nine — are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  We know of at least one Mormon Bishop on the foregoing roster.

Orrin Hatch & Hypocrisy is the Mother’s Milk of Campaign Financing

WASHINGTON—Two high-ranking lawmakers on the Senate committee that crafts legislation about health and oversees public health agencies disclosed that they or their families traded in tobacco company stock while they were on the committee, according to a STAT review. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reported purchasing at least $15,000 worth of stock in Philip Morris International. Hatch reported that on Oct. 23, 2012, when he was a member of the committee, an account on which he is a joint owner acquired between $15,001 and $50,000 of Philip Morris stock. HatchGlassesHe reported that in 2013, he owned less than $1,001 of the stock and collected dividends between $201 and $1,000.

Most corrupt epoch in Utah’s history on a timeline found here

Utah Legislators’ Big Tobacco finance numbers are found at Follow the” go to “My Legislature Utah 2018” go to “Legislator’s Name” go to “As a Candidate” and then go to “Top Industries.”  zdisclaimer




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