The smoke you don't see: Uncovering tobacco industry scientific strategies aimed against environmental tobacco smoke policies

M. E. Muggli, J. L. Forster, R. D. Hurt, J. L. Repace

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Objectives. This review details the tobacco industry's scientific campaign aimed against policies addressing environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and efforts to undermine US regulatory agencies from approximately 1988 to 1993. Methods. The public availability of more than 40 million internal, once-secret tobacco company documents allowed an unedited and historical look at tobacco industry strategies. Results. The analysis showed that the tobacco industry went to great lengths to battle the ETS issue worldwide by camouflaging its involvement and creating an impression of legitimate, unbiased scientific research. Conclusions. There is a need for further international monitoring of industry-produced science and for significant improvements in tobacco document accessibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1419-1423
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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