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Study shows that tobacco firms covertly hired scientists

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:321
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The tobacco industry recruited and managed an international network of more than 80 scientific and medical experts in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere in a bid to avoid regulations on secondhand smoke, a new report says.

    In one year, 1991, the budget for the programme for Europe alone was $3.3m (£1.9m, €2.8m), say the authors of the report (European Journal of Public Health 2006;16; 69-77).

    The consultants on environmental tobacco smoke, also known as whitecoats, were paid and managed by US lawyers working for the industry, and one of …

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