Having come up empty-handed using a real-life smoking environment, the researchers had resorted to using nicotine vapour on cellulose substrates in an experiment that could not be replicated outside of a laboratory. Even then, they had not found NNN in any of the experiments and the only TSNA to appear in any quantity was NNA. This posed a problem because NNA doesn’t actually cause cancer, as the authors admit: “NNA carcinogenicity has not been reported.”In a nutshell, people are making a fuss about something because there is a market for fuss, and a market means money. There's money in making a fuss about nothing. This is what makes ASH Scotland so powerful.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
ASH Scotland opens page on research into third-hand smoke
Thanks to auntieban (commenting on the previous post) I visited ASH Scotland's page on 'latest research on second-hand smoke'. It's now entitled:
Third-hand smoke was discovered in a telephone poll and has already become a tool for further denormalising smokers. Just one of the titles featured on this page of 'research', 'when smokers move out and non-smokers move in' (Matt, Quintana et al., Tobacco Control, 2010), is enough to make the skin crawl, especially to any smoker seeking to rent living space, and especially on the other side of the Atlantic.
I am reminded of the famous raid on Tommy Sheridan's home, when the police accused his wife of the theft of whisky miniatures. The police saw the miniatures during their lengthy raid on the Sheridans' property and thought they would charge her with stealing them. She was suspended by her employer British Airways before BA checked its own records and discovered that the miniatures had not been stolen. But by that time Gail Sheridan's name had been dragged into the mud. No issue, no evidence, no crime, but ill will and gullibility lead to a sordid outcome.
The genesis of the third-hand smoke phenomenon is described by Chris Snowdon here: an intriguing story of researchers manipulating the evidence: