FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- JULY 20, 1998
US FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN EPA'S FINDINGS ON THE DANGERS OF SECOND HAND SMOKE
"We welcome with great relief the news from the Washington Post's edition of July 19 announcing the rejection of the findings of EPA on secondhand smoke by a US federal court" said Gian Turci, president of FORCES Canada. "This is something to celebrate."
"This decision could and will open a chain of investigations on the wrongdoing of the EPA, and the rest of the anti-tobacco cartel, as well as stimulate a large number of lawsuits for violation of civil rights, falsification of evidence, wrongful termination of employment, wrongful smoking bans, job discrimination, etc.", Turci continued.
"But particularly, it will set the background for the criminal investigation of those politicians, professionals, anti-smoking organizations, and others who knowingly have misrepresented scientific information to achieve their political ends of control."
"We welcome this news at this particular time because the government of British Columbia has just passed a law that basically empowers municipalities to ban smoking in any way they please, above and beyond the rights of individuals and business owners, and all this is based on faulty science and false information."
"There has been ample scientific evidence that Environmental Tobacco Smoke is not harmful, though it may be an annoyance to some", Turci continued, "but it has been always ignored by the press at large in their puritanical crusade -- most recently, a major report of the World Health Organization failed to find any proof of carcinogenic effect of ETS on humans. We have been told time and time again in this province by public health officers that there is 'overwhelming evidence' of public danger from second hand smoke. The U.S. judge's ruling -- following a long period of controversy over the EPA report -- has put the lie to that claim."
"This judgement, from a dispassionate and authoritative source, cannot in good conscience be ignored by media and government. It echoes what we have been saying for the longest time to newspapers, governments, and the people."
"We now call for the political and criminal investigation of all the parties involved in the anti-smoking campaign in Canada. The credibility of the institutions by which we govern ourselves as a people is at stake, and in extreme jeopardy. Responsible citizens who value a stable and enduring process of government must stand to this task."
"The alternative to investigating these crimes against science and civil rights is anarchy through political chaos."
"Let the fraud trials begin," Turci concluded.