Russ Duke is grant funded to lobby for the smoking ban. He does this lobbying, with pharma grant money, on tax payer time. There IS no science to support his statement. This is propaganda.
"The science on tobacco smoke is clear; it causes cancer, heart disease, damages the circulatory and respiratory systems, leads to low birth weight babies and makes it harder to control diabetes. All of these problems can also affect people who don’t smoke, but are exposed to the smoke of others, even if that smoke is outdoors."
This statement by Russ Duke, should be enough to get him fired as a health expert.
Dr John Dunn IS a health expert, and he says, (In a sworn affidavit)
"1. Based upon my medical training, my knowledge of proper scientific research, and my review of studies and policy making addressing second hand tobacco smoke or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), I can say with confidence that second hand smoke may irritate some, but it does not kill anyone, anytime and it does not cause disease or death. I say that with reasonable medical certainty or probability. "
A non-smoking doctor opposed to smoking bans
A letter from a practicing physician and member of American Cancer Society
By Robert E. Madden, M.D
I’m Robert E. Madden MD, FACS. I am also a non-smoker. HOWEVER I am a passionate
opponent smoking bans. Most of the opposition to the smoking bans has been based upon
economic factors such as loss of business revenue, even closings. My opposition is due to loss of
individual freedom and abuse of scientific fact.
I am a practicing chest surgeon, a teacher and a former cancer researcher. I am also past
president of the NY Cancer Society. I will not tell you that smoking is harmless and without risk,
in fact one in eight hundred smokers will develop lung cancer. Asthmatics should avoid tobacco
smoke. What I will say is: 1) it’s a personal choice and 2) so called second smoke (ETS) is
virtually harmless. One may not like the smell but it has not been shown to cause cancer, even in
bartenders. If people do not like the odor then they may go elsewhere. Those who support the
ban have no right to deny 24% of the adult population their enjoyment of a popular product
based on dislike, possibly hatred of smoking. This attitude is that of a bigot, akin to anti-
Semitism or racism.
To me the most offensive element of the smoking bans is the resort to science as “proving that
environmental smoke, second hand smoke, causes lung cancer”. Not only is this unproven but
there is abundant and substantial evidence to the contrary. It is frustrating, even insulting, for a
scientist like myself to hear the bloated statistics put out by the American Cancer Society (of
which I am a member) and the American Lung Association used to justify what is best described
as a political agenda. Smokers enjoy smoking. Most non-smokers are neutral. Anti-smokers hate
smoking. It is this last group that drives the engine of smoking bans. Smoking sections in
restaurants, ventilated bars and the like have been satisfactory and used for years. To those who
choose to smoke they do so at their own risk. To those eschew smoking let them patronize
establishments whose owners prohibit smoking. To impose a city wide or a state wide ban is to
deny people of their rights.
Respectfully, Robert E. Madden, M.D
If the City Council and the Mayor would read studies concerning second hand smoke, instead of having private meetings with pro ban people, they would see how this entire issue has been created. It was created to assist Johnson and Johnson in selling their Nicoderm, Nicrette, Nicotrol, Nicderm CQ, and Commit Lozenges.
The money for this grand marketing scheme, starts at Johnson and Johnson's "philanthropic arm" the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The money to fund this is then funneled into created "grassroots" groups, who do call in and mailings, such as your local clean air group, the local branch of the Cancer Society and Heart and Lung Associations, (who have received over $99,000,000 national, to lobby for smoking bans, and Health Department employees, who are grant funded to start the local groups, and proclaim them to be "grassroots". THey are not.
THis money, and these lobbyists are from outside of Boise. They do not care if businesses close.
J&J wants people using THEIR nicotine instead of tobacco, and they are forcing small locally owned businesses to be free tobacco control officers for that reason.
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