Junk Science, #5: The Secondhand Smoke fraud – Enstrom Kabat


In an all-out effort to vilify smokers, the anti-smoking industry churns out reams junk science; studies which can “prove” whatever they set out to “prove.” But sometimes, they make the mistake of hiring researchers who are actually honest. (NOTE: We call it an ‘industry’ because it makes a lot of money – not because they actually produce anything of value).

The American Cancer Society (more on them in future posts) initiated one of the largest studies ever conducted on secondhand smoke in 1959 with a one-million dollar startup fund. The study was additionally supported by the anti-smoking Tobacco Related Disease Research Program.

Researchers James Enstrom and Geoffrey Kabat surveyed 118,094 Californians between 1960 and 1998 in an effort to determine if secondhand smoke exposure was a factor in nonsmokers’ contraction of lung cancer and heart disease. Anti-smokers themselves, the pair actually wanted to prove beyond doubt that secondhand smoke was deadly.