Monday, March 07, 2005
Vetting Scientific Research Through Big Tobacco
The previous post alluded to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between major tobacco companies and 46 state attorneys general. One element of the agreement was that the companies would have to release internal documents relating to research on the health effects of tobacco. A new research publication partly based on those documents now claims that "executives at Philip Morris International hired a consultant to write a scientific article on the causes of [sudden infant death syndrome] and persuaded him to change his original conclusions. The eventual article called into question the connection to secondhand smoke, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday." Wow.