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Many claims about passive smoking are inadequately justified

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:371
  1. Peter N Lee, Independent consultant in statistics and epidemiologya
  1. a P N Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5DA

    Editor–George Davey Smith and Andrew N Phillips suggest that the tobacco industry attempts to promote confusion about passive smoking and disease.1 Although I was not involved with the report of the European Working Group on Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Lung Cancer, their central concern, I am cited as an “enthusiastic recipient of tobacco industry financial support who … has presented models … most favourable to the tobacco industry case.” Insinuating that I distort evidence for money is most unfair. I am widely consulted on many issues …

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