The November 1994 Congressional Health Sub-Committee report into SHS/ETS.

One fact that has recently come to my attention is the November 1994 Congressional Health Sub-Committee report into SHS/ETS. It was headed up by Henry Waxman an anti smoker and its conclusions were:
“The statistical evidence does not appear to support a conclusion that there are substantial health effects of passive smoking;

It is possible that very few or even no deaths can be attributed to ETS;•if there are any lung cancer deaths from ETS exposure, they are likely to be concentrated among those subjected to the highest exposure levels… primarily among those nonsmokers subjected to significant spousal ETS.

‘Even when overall risk is considered, it is a very small risk and is not statistically significant at a conventional 95% level.”

Yes your eyes do not deceive you.

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4 Responses to The November 1994 Congressional Health Sub-Committee report into SHS/ETS.

  1. Frank says:

    Dave: With all this information on SHS and, as you’ve stated on anther site, MP’s are generally calm and unflustered in their attitudes, discussions and assessments, what the bloody hell happened to arrive at a smoking ban?

  2. daveatherton says:

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for dropping by. Most MPs get most/all of their information from the Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH) committee. They report into the Departent of Health (DoH) who in turn reports into Parliament. It was first founded in I think in 1998, certainly it was then when they first reported. The committee contains Labour Party members, ASH and WHO members too, biased in other words, most have received payments from pharmaceutical companies. For example the Deputy Chairman is Dr. Martin Jarvis a Trustee of ASH who wrote SCOTH.

    The tobacco control department of the DoH work hand in glove with ASH. The next piece of the jigsaw is the All Parliamentary Committee on Smoking and Health headed up by Stephen Williams a Lib Dem MP in Bristol. The only evidence they have received is from ASH and the anti tobacco advocates. Plus you have clause 5.3 of the WHO FCTC silencing tobacco companies and you have virtually no dissent. My request to appear was declined.

    I hope this explains the one sided sorry story.

    • Frank says:

      I don’t wish to become pedantic but are MP’s aware they are being fed selected information? It sounds like a set up from the beginning. Who picks the chairman of the all party committee? Sorry to go on but I’m genuinely interested. (bit late in the day. I know, but I’m trying to see a way through it)

  3. daveatherton says:

    Hi Frank. I am not entirely aware how people get on committees but I believe it is voluntary, people pick themselves. An MP said to me they are like clubs. I am sure there are sceptical MPs but they are not motivated to speak out.

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