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But there are plenty of other things to worry about

Ted Balaker
February 11, 2007, 6:58pm

Writing in the Washington Post, Gio Batta Gori, a former deputy director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Cause and Prevention, addresses the Surgeon General report that has helped fuel many a smoking ban: The report was a meta-analysis, and here's how the studies from which it draws were conducted: Article here. This Regulation piece by Thomas Lambert also delves into the SG's report, pointing out some discrepancies between the press release (which claims "even brief expose to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects") and the report itself (which considers only long-term exposure). The SG's report also omits a 2003 study published in the British Journal of Medicine which used 39-years-worth of data collected on 35,000 never-smokers married to smokers. The conclusion: there was "no causal relationship between exposure to [Environmental Tobacco Smoke] and tobacco-related mortality." Related: Anti-smoking crusader: "It's getting to the point where we're trying to protect people from something that's not a public health hazard." Now let's step up the crackdown on dihydrogen monoxide!

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