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Webinar presented for Global Bridges on February 27, 2013
By Dr. Richard Hurt, Director of Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center
The science behind the harmful effects of tobacco smoke will be reviewed in detail, including results from Dr. Hiryama’s landmark study of female Japanese lung cancer patients who are non-smoking wives of smoking husbands, as well as the most recent study showing that smoke-free workplace laws are associated with a reduction in the incidence of acute myocardial infarctions.
The presentation also highlights Big Tobacco’s decades long public relations and media campaigns to deceive the public and create doubt and controversy about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. These data come from previously secret tobacco industry documents made public as a result of the Minnesota Tobacco Trial of 1998 and the Department of Justice case that resulted in the conviction of Big Tobacco for violating the U.S. racketeering laws.