Letter to the editor | Big Tobacco’s new menu

January 15, 2014 

Thank you for the excellent Jan. 9 article (“The conspiracy to keep you fat”) about the powerful ways food companies manipulate our food choices.

It’s important to note that many major food manufacturers — General Foods and Kraft, for example — are owned by Big Tobacco, notably Philip Morris (now Altria Group). It isn’t much of a stretch to assume that Big Tobacco is using its devious marketing expertise to move customers from cigarette addiction to fat, carb and salt addictions.

I suspect they didn’t reform when they were convicted of lying about the addictive properties of tobacco — they just moved on to other “menus.”

Jack Williams, Ferguson Township

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