Secret documents show tobacco industry's plans to stop smoking ban

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:914

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  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    US researchers have used secret tobacco industry documents to show for the first time how the industry tried to use political pressure to delay or stop the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a risk assessment on passive smoking. The 1992 assessment showed that second hand cigarette smoke had adverse respiratory effects, especially on children, and estimated that it caused 3000 deaths from lung cancer a year among non-smokers (American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2004;26: 167-77).

    Most of the industry's tactics failed, but it took until 2002 before a …

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