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Smoking foes use skewed statistic
City Councilor Paul Hart wants to ban smoking in city restaurants because
"secondhand smoke kills 53,000 Americans per year." Not true. If
your Board of Health and Tobacco Control are touting this figure, they either
know the truth and are lying in order to protect their agenda and livelihoods
or they are so ignorant of the truth they should look for work elsewhere. Here
are the facts on the infamous 53,000 death figure:
First, it was not the American Cancer Society that compiled that figure. Drs.
Glantz and Parmley -- known, biased anti tobacco activists -- compiled a
report taken from a study by Judson Wells. In 1989 Glantz submitted the report
to the EPA. The EPA rejected the report and the figure.
In 1994, the Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of
Congress, was asked to review the 53,000 figure and they rejected it also,
saying the figure was "implausible."
Prior to the report getting published, the peer reviewers for the publisher
recommended a revision of the report, saying it was "too
speculative." It was published anyway.
Secondhand smoke is not a health issue but a political one, and Councilor Hart
is buying right into it. If anyone needs more proof, it’s there, you just
have to look for it and stop listening to those that profit from the scare.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.