No BAT, we will not go to the Ball

There aren’t many email invitations that make me laugh out loud, but this one was an exception. I have spent much of the past few years talking about how to improve the public’s health: incentives, legislation, education and 2020health has published ideas such as here on alcohol, here on incentives, here on how pharmacists can help.

So I thought this invitation to watch the ladies semi-finals at Wimbledon, from none other than British American Tobacco was  a joke! It seems not. I will talk to most organisations; I am a firm believer in getting all parties around the table to find common interests and consensus to forge solutions. But a day out at the tennis, courtesy of company that is complicit in the early death of millions of people worldwide and who continue to promote a habit that may be legal but is morally repugnant? I am only sorry that they thought I was shallow enough to accept.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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