If anyone ever has the idea that they should donate money to any of the "sponsored sites" because of the work they do on smoking cessation they should probably find a better charity and a better cause to work with. Money put toward smoking cessation efforts by the major organizations of the world are basically aimed at promoting NRT and other pharmacological products-very little is put toward doing the real education that is required to help the masses to quit smoking.
These organizations may do good work on other fronts, and we are not telling people who have been helped by these organizations not to donate to them for the other work they may do in prevention, research and services to patients, but if the motivating factor for doing a donation is the for the work they are doing on smoking cessation through sites such as ours, we'd suggest skipping the donation. Actually, the only corporation that makes our work possible is MSN for providing the forum space.
Also, being that we don't want diversions and controversies on the board, in the future we will not debate the merits or detriments of corporations who show up as sponsors. If we see a post referring to a problem with any sponsored site we will delete it and bring up this post that talks about our feelings to these advertising tactics.
Two exceptions to this issue - if a tobacco company ever shows up as a sponsor
selling any kind of tobacco product or if a pharmaceutical company ever shows up as a sponsor with any kind of mention of a so called cessation product. In
that event we will bring up lots of materials making it clear that the products involved are quite worthless and possibly dangerous to people's health and
to their quits and that the only thing that a person has to "buy to" quit smoking is to "buy into the concept" that to quit smoking and to
stay free is to simply stick to his or her commitment to never take another puff!