Lorraine Mooney

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Lorraine Mooney has recently worked with Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM), a pro-DDT advocacy group. A biographical note states that she "has been working with AFM since 2004 as a researcher, editor, economist and medical demographer. She writes research papers and editorials on a variety of public health issues.

Previously she ran the European Science and Environment Forum (ESEF) for 10 years, latterly as director."[1]

The ESEF was originally designed by Philip Morris as a European version of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), the infamous "junk-science" operation created by APCO and operated by Steve Milloy. Burson-Marsteller and APCO competed to create what is known in the tobacco archives as "Euro-TASSC" and later the tobacco industry contracted the Lord Ralph Harris of Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) to establish it as European Science and Environment Forum.

Lorraine Mooney was transferred over to the ESEF staff from the IEA to write editorials, letters to the editor, and op-ed pieces. Roger Bate and Julian Morris also came over from the IEA, and they wrote many of these also, especially for the European Wall Street Journal.


In early 2004 a brief biographical note at the foot of a column she wrote for the South African think tank, the Free Market Foundation, stated that she was "a medical demographer and a Research Fellow with International Policy Network (IPN) in the USA."[2] (Mooney was listed as being a member of staff at IPN between September 2004[3] and approximately June 2004. Mooney was listed as "Health Project Coordinator".[4]

A biographical profile states that she studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London between 1994 and 1996. Her profile states that she is interested in "consulting offers" and "new ventures".[5]

Defending Big Tobacco and Promoting DDT

In a series of articles in 1997 and 1998 Mooney criticized the World Health Organization for its role in developing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and argued that reducing the incidence of malaria in developing countries was a higher priority. WHO's move to curb tobacco consumption in the developing world, she claimed, was "a change in policy emphasis from disease prevention to lifestyle control."[6] (The WHO estimate that "tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in the developing world.")[7] Mooney also complained that if the convention was adopted "much money will be spent on anti-tobacco education" which poor African countries "might have preferred help in combating infectious and water-borne diseases."[6]

She also claimed that deaths and illness caused by Environmental Tobacco Smoke were being exaggerated by tobacco control advocates[8] and that a World Bank report on tobacco -- Curbing the Epidemic -- was based on "data manipulation, obfuscation and tenuous assumptions."[9]

By the end of the decade, Mooney had sharpened her focus to criticise the WHO over the lack of household spraying of DDT in developing countries as a measure against DDT and argued against a ban on the chemical. "The DDT-malaria issue is a stark illustration of the conflict between the developed and developing world. For the sake of a possible environmental threat to birds of prey in the "civilized" world, millions of people in developing countries are dying. This must stop. The U.N. delegates in Geneva should vote against banning DDT," she wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.[10]

Mooney was listed as one of the signatories of the [11]

Notable Quotes

  • August 25, 1997: "The introduction this week of a proposal for an antitobacco convention at the World Health Organization's 10th "Tobacco or Health" conference is the latest indication that the public-health profession is more concerned with changing lifestyles than doing what it was originally established to do--cure disease ... So funds that should be spent on malaria eradication are likely instead to be spent in Africa and Asia on antitobacco campaigns of dubious significance ... It should be of concern to all of us that a change in policy emphasis from disease prevention to lifestyle control is occurring with almost no debate. The WHO is simply following the lead set by groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation, who push birth control on the Third World because of Western preoccupation of an impending population explosion and food shortages. After all, smoking is not a disease but a personal choice. If the tobacco control convention comes into force, how long before one on alcohol, sexual practice or vehicle speeds is proposed, all of which indirectly kill millions of people every year?."[12]


  • 1994-1996: studying at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 1994-2004: European Science and Environment Forum
  • 2004- present: Africa Fighting Malaria


Articles and Resources

Related SourceWatch Articles


  1. "Board & Staff", Africa Fighting Malaria website, accessed January 2009.
  2. Lorraine Mooney, "Remember TB?", Free Market Foundation (South Africa), March 23, 2004.
  3. International Policy Network, "About International Policy Network", International Policy Network website, archived from October 2003.
  4. International Policy Network, "About International Policy Network", International Policy Network website, archived from June 14, 2004.
  5. "Lorraine Mooney: Think Tanks Consultant and Contractor", LinkedIn, accessed January 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lorraine Mooney, "The WHO's Misplaced Priorities", Wall Street Journal Europe, August 25, 1997.
  7. World Health Organization, "Tobacco key facts", World Health Organization website, accessed February 2009.
  8. Lorraine Mooney, "Smoking Out Bad Science", Wall Street Journal - European Edition, March 12, 1998.
  9. Lorraine Mooney, "World Bank and WHO Gang Up On Big Tobacco", Wall Street Journal Europe, May 18, 1999.
  10. Lorraine Mooney, "A DDT Ban Would Be Deadly", Wall Street Journal, September 2, 1999.
  11. "Kill Malarial Mosquitoes NOW!: A Declaration of the Informed and Concerned", March 7, 2006.
  12. Lorraine Mooney, "The WHO's Misplaced Priorities", Wall Street Journal Europe, August 25, 1997.

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