On my post https://daveatherton.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/professor-simon-chapman-replies/#comments I accused Rollo as possibly being an employee of ASH Scotland, I also added tongue in cheek that “Gene Borio today, next Debs Arnott of ASH might pick up the keyboard, who knows.” Ironically Rory Morrison of ASH Scotland did write back in the comments
As I work for ASH Scotland I can hopefully clarify for you that: 1) I’m not Rollo Tomasi (though I do like L.A. Confidential); 2) none of my colleagues have, as far as I’m aware, ever used that alias; and 3) if there’s been an effort within my workplace to train people up to ‘fight you on the web’ then it’s been exceptional well hidden from me.
I wouldn’t think it would be logical for us to employ somebody to use an online pseudonym for the express purpose of disagreeing with you or others here or anywhere else. What would be the benefit?
As you’ve described your blog in an email to us previously as comments being ‘vigorously encouraged’, I would have thought you’d welcome dissenting opinion from everybody, even those who chose to use a pseudonym online (which people could have a whole variety of reasons for doing).
Though of course, if I *was* Rollo Tomasi, this would be exactly the kind of thing I would write…”
My reply was:
Thanks for taking the trouble to reply, and with your real name and photo. To be fair I did say it was the thinnest of circumstantial evidence. I really do encourage dissent and want a polite and intellectually vigorous debate, which frankly the anti smoker movement want to deny me. My blog is entirely unmoderated, any delays are because someone has posted 3 or more URLs and is flagged up as potential spam.
Examples are ASH England blocked me from posting comments on their Facebook page, Simon Williams the Lib Dem MP and Chairman of the All Party Group on Smoking and Health where ASH are the “Secretariat” have denied me the right to offer evidence. I tried to post on Professor Stanton Glantz blog, as of yet my comments are to appear. (Washington) DC Smoke Free also censored my comments. The double standards are glaring.
I will however take this opportunity to apologise to Rollo for questioning his background. I presume he may well have a relative or loved one who may have suffered from a smoking related disease.
On the 28th June of this year I posted this “Editor-in-Chief of Lifestyle Reviews Rollo Tomassi has been mentioning the late Konrad Jamrozik’s paper on “Estimate of deaths attributable to passive smoking among UK adults: database analysis.” So I have acted on his suggestions as to what goes in my blog.
Rory if you like ASH Scotland can have the freedom of my blog and post an unedited and unmoderated piece of your choice, on any subject.
Notwithstanding my offer which will stand whatever the circumstances, I would like ASH Scotland, Wales and England to have a public debate on the science of passive smoking. Witnesses, cross examination recorded for the public and media. I fear my request may well be declined.”
I hope we can have a full debate.