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Preface by FORCES

On December 2-3, 1998, the National Toxicology Program -- a group organized under the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Sciences -- convened a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors' Report on Carcinogens Subcommittee. The purpose of the meeting was, among other things, to list environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as a "known human carcinogen."

According to a press release (NIEHS PR #25-98) "Some scientists in the final board review said they viewed the risk from environmental or second-hand smoke as slight, except perhaps in occupations or exposure circumstances where exposure to cigar, cigarette and/or pipe smoking is great."In fact, there was no convincing evidence of carcinogenicity for ETS presented.Several presentations found important defects in the epidemiology used to draw even a weak association for ETS and cancer.Despite this, the subcommittee voted unanimously 13-0 to list ETS as a known human carcinogen.

The meeting included outside presenters who given only five minutes to make a convincing argument for or against listing ETS as a "known human carcinogen."Members of the subcommittee had been given papers and research data approximately a month prior to the December 2-3 meeting.Despite this, it is evident in the transcript of the testimony, that some had not even bothered to read the material.


The transcript that appears here is a word-for-word reproduction (including misspellings and typos) of the testimony and comments that were presented to the NTP subcommittee on the topic of environmental tobacco smoke.

In it you will find clear statements about problems found in studies that try to find an association between ETS and cancer.You will also find new research results that indicate realistic exposure to ETS results in a 'burden' of just six cigarettes per year -- an immeasurably small risk, if indeed it is any health risk at all.In addition, you will read the testimony of one James Repace, a paid anti-smoking activist, who proposes the idea that all the epidemiologists are wrong -- that 'true' levels of exposure can only be ascertained by comparing cases with an 'ideal' control group such as Seventh Day Adventists.This is a direct assault on key scientific principle that underlies all ethical research -- cases and controls should be as alike as possible, except for the risk factor involved. Yet, in a desperate effort to justify their decision, members of the subcommittee preferred to rely on Repace's unscientific and unsubstantiated conjecture rather than read the papers that had been sent to them in advance of the meeting.

We invite you to print this document and read it at your leisure.We have not been able to get copies of the transparencies and slides referred to in the testimony, but believe that the statements made by the presenters -- as well as the amazing comments by some subcommittee members -- speak for themselves.

Sadly, this is another case of forcing the facts to fit the conclusion.It undermines public confidence in the scientific process and exposes the members of this subcommittee to a justifiable charge of scientific misconduct and political corruption.

We urge you to write to members of the subcommittee as well as to your Congressional representatives to express your outrage at this corrupt scientific report.

National Toxicology Program
Board of Scientific Counselors'
Report on Carcinogens Subcommittee

A. John Bailer, Ph.D.,
Professor Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
Steven A. Belinsky, Ph.D.,
Scientist Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute
Kirland Air Force Base, Bldg. 9200
Albuquerque, NM 87115
Eula Bingham, Ph.D.,
Professor Dept of Environmental Health, ML 056
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Clay Frederick, Ph.D., Sr Research Fellow
Mechanistic Toxicology Group
Rohm and Haas Company
727 Norristown Road
Spring House, PA 19477
George Friedman-Jimenez, M.D.
Asst Professor of Environmental Medicine
NYU School of Medicine, and Director of Bellevue/NYU
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Clinic Bellevue Hospital, Room CD349
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016-9198
Stephen S. Hecht, Ph.D.
Wallin Professor of Cancer Prevention
University of Minnesota Cancer Centers
Box 806 MAYO
420 Delaware Street, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392
Nicholas K. Hooper, Ph.D.,
Head Research & Methods Development
Hazardous Materials Laboratory
Department of Toxic Substances Control
California Department of Health Services
2151 Berkeley Way, Annex 11
Berkeley, CA 94704
Karl T. Kelsey, M.D.
Occupational Health Program
Harvard School of Pub Health/Med School
665 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Michele Medinsky, Ph.D.
Tox. Consultant
5505 Frenchmans Creek
Durham, NC 27713
Franklin E. Mirer, Ph.D.,
Director Health and Safety Department
UAW International
8000 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48214-2699
Jill C. Pelling, Ph.D.,
Professor Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160-7410
Jose Russo, Ph.D.,
Director Breast Cancer Research Labs
Fox Chase Cancer Center
7701 Burholme Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Shelia H. Zahm, Sc.D.,
Deputy Director
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
natinal Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Bldg., EPA Room 543
Rockville, MD 20892-7399
Expert Consultant:
Hiroshi Yamasaki, Ph.D.,
Chief Unit of Multistate Carcinogenesis
International Agency for Research on Cancer
150 Cours Albert-Thomas
69372 Lyon Cedex 08


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