Legislating 'Sound Science': The Role of the Tobacco Industry

American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. S1, pp. S20-S27, 2005

The Coronado Conference: Scientific Evidence and Public Policy Paper

8 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2005

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Annamaria Baba

University of California, San Francisco

Daniel M. Cook

University of California, San Francisco

Thomas Owen McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

Lisa Bero

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - School of Pharmacy; Institute for Health Policy Studies

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Baba, Annamaria and Cook, Daniel M. and McGarity, Thomas Owen and Bero, Lisa, Legislating 'Sound Science': The Role of the Tobacco Industry. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. S1, pp. S20-S27, 2005, The Coronado Conference: Scientific Evidence and Public Policy Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=850124

Annamaria Baba (Contact Author)

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Daniel M. Cook

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Thomas Owen McGarity

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Lisa Bero

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - School of Pharmacy ( email )

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