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OHEA-C-361 - Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders | Terry Harvey, D.V.M., Director
Article Published: 1992/03/24

Type: Review
Published By: Internal EPA document

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When it prepared its 1992 Respiratory health effects of passive smoking: lung cancer and other disorders, the EPA knew it was about to defraud the public, as its own reviewers strongly condemned the manipulation of data and methodology. After the review of Patricia Murphy, director Terry Harvey strongly criticized the document.

"If you can technically show causal association, do; where you can't, don't infer it."

"The non-cancer asthma effect must be clarified medically to show effects primarily in a sensitive asthmatic subpopulation having pre-disposition component-like genetic risks and not displayed as public health risk to the general non-predisposed population"

"I suggest a full discussion of category A vs. B, based on the absence of definitive data on PETS in humans. Like it or not, EPA should live within its own categorization framework or clearly explain why we chose not to do so."
It did no good. The EPA made the political decision even before starting the study: to con the public and set the foundation for prohibition.

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