Local techies F5 have a line of products meant to make global networking go a little more smoothly--the incomprehensible product descriptions basically tell companies with global reach that they can make sure all employees working with the same applications, on the same network, without anyone bringing a virus in and shutting the whole thing down. So a few years ago, British American Tobacco, makers of lung cancer delivery systems like Benson and Hedges and Dunhills, started having problems with exactly that. So today, F5 kicked out a press release announcing a new contract between the two companies wherein F5 will solve all BAT's network application problems. Whew!
Obviously tobacco is still a big economic engine -- hell, Benson and Hedges was my vice of choice in college. But is advertising your association a product that, if used properly, will kill you, a good idea?
BAT has a list of five goals for company sustainability that include things like reducing their carbon footprint as well as harm reduction. Explaining the harm one the Web site states:
To one section within the public health and scientific communities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the majority of public health policy makers, tobacco harm reduction means urging people not to start using tobacco products, or to quit if they already do.
But these "experts" aren't the only voice in the tobacco health debate. The site goes on to explain that there is "a small but growing number of public health and scientific professionals" who think that harm can be minimized, especially among people who can't or won't quit smoking. I wonder if this is the same vaguely described small number of scientific professionals who see no problem with teaching intelligent design in public schools?