Legislating 'Sound Science': The Role of the Tobacco Industry
American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. S1, pp. S20-S27, 2005
8 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2005
In the late 1990's, in an effort to dispute the link between secondhand smoke and lung cancer, Philip Morris initiated a campaign to legislate sound science. The campaign involved enacting data access and data quality laws to obtain previously confidential research data in order to reanalyze it based on industry-generated data quality standards. Philip Morris worked with other corporate interests to form coalitions and workgroups, develop a data integrity outreach program, sponsor symposia on research integrity, and draft language for two new acts. The tobacco industry played a role in establishing laws that increase corporate influence on public health and regulatory policy decisions.
Keywords: Tobacco industry, scientific evidence, public health, regulatory policy
JEL Classification: G18, I18, K23, K32
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