11/12/2004

Philip Morris Hid Research on secondhand smoking

Yahoo! News - Philip Morris Hid Link to Research Facility - Study:

LONDON (Reuters) - Philip Morris, one of the world's leading tobacco manufacturers, was involved in research into the health effects of smoking 30 years ago but did not reveal data on the dangers of passive smoking, scientists said on Thursday.

Although the tobacco industry claimed for many years that it was not aware of the toxic effects of cigarettes, the researchers said material from internal industry documents revealed Philip Morris used a German research facility to study the health impact of smoking from the early 1970s.

'Arrangements were made to conceal the process, not only from the wider public, but also from many within Philip Morris, although some senior executives did know,' said Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, in research published online by The Lancet medical journal.

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