Doubting studies of secondhand smoke

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I read in Wednesday's Juneau Empire that Juneau bars have 10 months before a smoking ban takes effect.

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When Matt Felix, Juneau executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, made the claim that more than 140 people died from secondhand smoke in Alaska, did anyone care to ask him to provide some names of real victims with valid death certificates indicating that secondhand smoke contributed to their deaths? Or was it just another inflated number pulled out of another computer-generated junk science study?

The $69,855 re-education/ brainwashing grant last week from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation should be a red flag for many.

That foundation only has one thing in mind, and that is making money for its founder Johnson & Johnson. Or should I just say Big Pharma, a seller of smoking cessation products?

If you think businesses don't get hurt by bans, please use Google and type in "ban damage" to see links with long lists of business that went under or are taking big losses.

Lastly, there are a little more than 77 studies that have been conducted on the effects of secondhand smoke. More than 67 percent show the effects to be statistically insignificant - something the anti-smoking activists would prefer not to become general knowledge.

Bart Williams

Fairbanks



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