name Michael Bloomberg /
Bloomberg Philanthropies
state pre-struct/alpha
class billionaire
category Wayne Wheeler
funding near impossible to summarize
association WHO/TFI, FCTC, CtFK
bloomberg ties ehm
motivation sunken cost fallacy
science aversion 🟥🟥🟥🟥🟧

Mike is the primary funder of US and international anti-harm-reduction FUD. He radicalized from tobacco prevention to nicotine puritanism after his tenure as NY mayor, where he originally pioneered nonsmokers protection. He became easy pray for CTFK, after waning consequence recognition.

The emphasis is on PR campaigns, and slanted study grants (BSoPH, Bath). Albeit GRO interference (Philippines) should not be discounted. His subversion of WHO policies is on an entirely different level however.

bloomberg thanos WHO lobbying stone - to eradicate half of all smokers

Best summary of his activities is probably:

Quick recap

  • In/outdoor nonsmokers protection, NY lead the way to adoption throughout the world. Measurabily reducing prevalence and deaths.
  • But also caused the worlds largest black market. (Half of NY smokers now outta reach for PH interventions.)
  • With his racist and ideological policies, Bloomberg got Eric Garner killed. (→possible rubicon)
  • Origin involvement with CTFK...??? (I'd guess ~2013)
  • Overtake of WHO/TFI and FCTC secretary, abdicating scientific discourse and honesty...

160M anti-vaping grants / public rationale, usage

Eschewing scientific discourse

Has since cemented his aversion to smoking reduction:


Better let them die, whilst our insatiable research thirst is unsatisfied:

"Wait until you do the research. If it's no problem, no harm, no foul."

Kin liability:

"Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes," include banning all flavored e-cigarettes—and stopping Juul

Shadowy funding network

It stands to reason that not even Mike himself fully understands all the backchannels necessary for "influencing" around the world. Just the eagle view here:

Global state of THR 2020: chapter 5

Seemingly the network is sometimes utilized even for media reporting outside of Bloomberg Media’s reach, with obfuscatory clauses like:

The Contractor shall not make any statement or otherwise imply to donors, investors, media or the general public that the Foundation directly funds its activities.

Conspiracy theories

For lack of an understandable rationale, there's always farfetched musings on what is actually moving Bloomberg.

  • Michael Bloomberg Invests in Vaping Company ! Somewhat unlikely that MB even knew about this; just one more thing to be blissfully unaware of.
  • Pharma/cancer treatment investments are more probable. But are an organizational incentive at best, not a personal motivator.
  • Myriad of other allegations floating abound. Myers having levy over him is feasible. But the simpler explanation (occam's razor) being just easy to coax.

Motivation guessing

Most likely a mix of sunken cost fallacy (MPOWER: millions on dminishing returns), and being a personal anecdote (former smoker, quit the hard way, common post-quit-rationalization on detesting cigarette taste → explains thrive for flavour bans).


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