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Fact Sheet on Secondhand Smoke (cont.)

James. Repace, MSc., Physicist

Ichiro Kawachi, PhD, Associate Professor

Stanton Glantz, PhD., Professor


SHS Lessons from California

The SHS issue is of vital importance to the tobacco industry: In 1978, before the first research linking SHS and lung cancer was published, a secret study (Roper, 1978) commissioned by the Tobacco Institute, the tobacco industry’s lobbying and political arm in the United States, observed:

What the smoker does to himself may be his business, but what the smoker does to the non-smoker is quite a different matter. . . .

This we see as the most dangerous development to viability of the tobacco industry that has yet occurred.7

[emphasis added]

Ten years later, in 1988, a secret marketing study conducted for Imperial Tobacco(1988) in Canada was even more explicit about the dangers of the passive smoking issue:

The shift to social pressure has also moved to high gear. Passive smoking has moved from a fringe issue, to by-laws, to the implementation of smoking restrictions in the work-place. Smoking restrictions have moved from abstract discussion to practice. This increasing social isolation of the smoker will not only increase his ill-ease with smoking, but will also have a measurable effect on daily usage ratesresulting in overall industry losses.8

[emphasis in original]

The tobacco industry has tried very hard to obfuscate the facts presented in this report. It is hoped that this fact sheet will provide readers with the basic information needed to effect smoke-free workplaces in their countries.

Click a link below to continue reading the fact sheet:

[ Abstract ] [ Introduction ] [ Secondhand Smoke and Cardiovascular Disease ] [ Secondhand Smoke Exposure ]
[ Smoke-Free Restaurant Laws ] SHS Lessons from California [ Conclusions ] [ Technical Appendices ]