Physicians and Nurses Against Tobacco (PANAT) Launches Internet Anti-Tobacco Project Aimed at Religion

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Project XI entails monthly emails to involve religious leaders and organizations in the fight against tobacco

Physicians and Nurses Against Tobacco (PANAT), a Rhode Island-based public health non-profit organization, announces the start of Project XI. “We’re taking our lead from the Rabbinical Council of America who in 2006 declared tobacco ‘non-kosher’.” stated Dr. Claude Curran, a founding member of PANAT. “The RCA had the insight and courage to bring the moral dimension to the tobacco addiction problem. We’re using their pronouncement to define The Eleventh Commandment—‘Don’t Smoke!’, hence the name of our effort ’Project XI’, which starts formally on November 11!”
Dr. Roger Boshes another PANAT founder described the details of Project XI. “We are asking people to go to our website http://www.11-11-11-11.com and sign and send our “Dear servant of God” letter to their clergy and to religious leaders and institutions of their choice. Our website already provides a long list of email addresses and we will be gathering more as Project XI goes on.”
Clergy will receive notifications by email of people asking them to speak loudly against tobacco.
Curran said that Project XI is relying on the Facebook, Twitter and other internet tools, lamenting the difficulty in engaging the broadcast media. “When powerful moguls like Rupert Murdoch sit on the Board of Directors of both tobacco companies and medical schools, it’s hard to figure out where the media’s allegiance lies, so we’re resorting to the internet.”
By relying on emails sent on the 11th of every month PANAT hopes Project XI inspires the world religious community to put an end to the world’s number one cause of preventable death, the tobacco industry.

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