Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

Tobacco money, the BMJ, and guilt by association

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E236
  1. Steven H Woolf, MD, MPH

    From BMJ USA 2003;July:344

    Bans against smoking in public are ubiquitous. Cigarette smoke is irritating, and passive inhalation increases tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Or perhaps not, say Enstrom and Kabat (BMJ USA p 369). Based on an analysis of data from the American Cancer Society, they conclude that the association “may be considerably weaker than generally believed.” A firestorm erupted when the BMJ published this article in May. The American Cancer Society released a stinging press statement. The BMJ received 130 Rapid Responses and was advised to issue a retraction. Two main concerns predominated. First, the authors acknowledged being funded by an organization tied to tobacco …

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