Science for hire: A tobacco industry strategy to influence public opinion secondhand smoke

Monique E. Muggli, Richard D. Hurt, D. Douglas Blanke

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A review of internal tobacco company documents reveals that members of the tobacco industry and its corporate attorneys created an international scientific consultants program to influence public opinion on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). This program was shaped as a "product" to protect the industry from international threats of smoking restrictions. Additionally, this program was used to promote a scientific backdrop supporting the industry's position on ETS that differed from regulatory agencies and published scientific research. In this report, we detail the pervasive nature of the so-called ETS Consultants Program, outline the wide range of activities undertaken by the consultants, and highlight the role of the industry's corporate attorneys in creating and managing this program. We suggest heightened monitoring of industry-created scientific organizations, further tobacco document research, and wide dissemination of such work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalNicotine and Tobacco Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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