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Inventing Conflicts of Interest: A History of Tobacco Industry Tactics

Inventing Conflicts of Interest: A History of Tobacco Industry Tactics Confronted by compelling peer-reviewed scientific evidence of the harms of smoking, the tobacco industry, beginning in the 1950s, used sophisticated public relations approaches to undermine and distort the emerging science. The industry campaign worked to create a scientific controversy through a program that depended on the creation of industry–academic conflicts of interest. This strategy of producing scientific uncertainty undercut public health efforts and regulatory interventions designed to reduce the harms of smoking. A number of industries have subsequently followed this approach to disrupting normative science. Claims of scientific uncertainty and lack of proof also lead to the assertion of individual responsibility for industrially produced health risks. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Public Health American Public Health Association

Inventing Conflicts of Interest: A History of Tobacco Industry Tactics

American Journal of Public Health , Volume 102 (1): 63 – Jan 1, 2012

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Publisher
American Public Health Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by the American Public Health Association
Subject
CONSEQUENCES OF INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICINE
ISSN
0090-0036
eISSN
1541-0048
DOI
10.2105/AJPH.2011.300292
pmid
22095331
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Abstract

Confronted by compelling peer-reviewed scientific evidence of the harms of smoking, the tobacco industry, beginning in the 1950s, used sophisticated public relations approaches to undermine and distort the emerging science. The industry campaign worked to create a scientific controversy through a program that depended on the creation of industry–academic conflicts of interest. This strategy of producing scientific uncertainty undercut public health efforts and regulatory interventions designed to reduce the harms of smoking. A number of industries have subsequently followed this approach to disrupting normative science. Claims of scientific uncertainty and lack of proof also lead to the assertion of individual responsibility for industrially produced health risks.

Journal

American Journal of Public HealthAmerican Public Health Association

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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