As this 1996 Los Angeles Times article points out, tobacco companies once exhibited at the annual American Medical Association (AMA) conference. The AMA held tobacco stock until 1981.
In large part thanks to public health campaigns that warned of the dangers of smoking — as well as the tireless advocacy efforts of a group within the AMA (known as “Doctors Ought to Care”, founded by AMA members who opposed their organization’s ties with the tobacco industry) — the nation’s leading medical organization no longer has any dealings with the tobacco industry.
It is our hope that Dietitians for Professional Integrity can be one more factor in ridding the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics of its troublesome and insidious ties with the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and General Mills.
We look forward to the day when AND’s partnerships with Big Food are in the past.