Policy Documents

Turning Science Into Junk: The Tobacco Industry and Passive Smoking

Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, and Thomas A. Burke, PhD, MPH –
November 1, 2007

The stakes are high in the public policy arena. Public health scientists will continue
to be called on to research society’s most vexing issues, and to inform and shape the public
policy response. We need to be aware of the competing interests and to work for greater transparency to assure ourselves that we understand the purposes and funding sources of potentially invidious meetings and other activities.

Ultimately, transparency
about funding and adherence to
rigorous quality assurance and
peer review practices will serve
epidemiology far better than the
proliferation of labels and the labeling
of individual researchers
as working for one side or another.