More misleading science from the tobacco industry

  title={More misleading science from the tobacco industry},
  author={Michael J. Thun},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  pages={E237 - E238}
  • M. Thun
  • Published 30 July 2003
  • Education
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
Delaying clean air laws through disinformation 

‘The industry must be inconspicuous’: Japan Tobacco’s corruption of science and health policy via the Smoking Research Foundation

Investigating how and why Japan Tobacco, Inc. established the Smoking Research Foundation (SRF), a research-funding institution, and the extent to which SRF has influenced science and health policy in Japan found that contrary to industry claims, SRF was never meant to be independent or neutral.

The limits of competing interest disclosures.

These findings are another example of how simply requiring authors to disclose financial ties with the tobacco industry may not be adequate to give readers a full picture of the author's relationship with the industry.

Campaign to revitalise academic medicine: Funding needs to be on the discussion table

EDITOR—I was disappointed at the statement in Tugwell's editorial on the campaign to revitalise academic medicine that deals with how to tackle current failures.1 He mentions working within current


Detailed evidence is provided which refutes Thun’s claim that the negative conclusions were entirely predictable from the outset because of the flawed way in which exposure to ETS [environmental tobacco smoke] was classified, and anyone who reads the full-text paper online and the response to the reviewers will see it.

New Policy of the Journal of Epidemiology Regarding the Relationship With the Tobacco Industry

This work aims to provide a clear picture of the immune system’s response to chemotherapy and aims to establish a smoking cessation strategy that can be relied on for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.



Respiratory health effects of passive smoking: lung cancer and other disorders

This page contains a PDF version of the Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking report.

Print media coverage of research on passive smoking

Although research on the harmful effects of passive smoking accumulated between 1981 and 1994, lay press coverage of the research maintained that the science was controversial.

Publication bias in the environmental tobacco smoke/coronary heart disease epidemiologic literature.

Two approaches are used to assess publication bias in the environmental tobacco smoke/coronary heart disease (ETS/CHD) literature: statistical tests applied to all sex-specific relative risk estimates from 14 previously published studies indicate that publication bias is likely, and comparison of pooled relative risk figures indicates that published data overestimate the association of spousal smoking and CHD.

Involuntary smoking and lung cancer.

  • P. Boffetta
  • Medicine
    Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health
  • 2002
A meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies on lung cancer and exposure to involuntary smoking from the spouse included 51 studies found that cumulative exposure suggested a dose-response relationship with a unit risk of similar magnitude.

Epidemiologic studies of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular disease and ETS exposure from spousal smoking.

The evidence linking heart disease and ETS exposure from a spouse has become substantially stronger since OSHA first proposed including heart disease in its risk assessment of ETS in 1994.

Why review articles on the health effects of passive smoking reach different conclusions.

The conclusions of review articles on the health effects of passive smoking are strongly associated with the affiliations of their authors, and readers should consider authors' affiliations when deciding how to judge an article's conclusions.

Environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease in the American Cancer Society CPS-II cohort.

Results are consistent with prior reports that never-smokers currently exposed to ETS have about 20% higher CHD death rates, however, the data do not show consistent dose-response trends and are possibly subject to confounding by unmeasured risk factors.

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