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on January 11, 2015
This is an incredibly ridiculous book. Take for example, one of the "lies" that the author documents:
"Antismokers claim that nonsmokers are being "poisoned" by tobacco smoke."
Well, actually, most "antismokers," non-smokers, and probably even smokers are aware that the vast majority of scientific research on the topic finds that secondhand smoke has negative health effects. Are there a few studies that do not find a statistically significant relationship between secondhand smoke and a particular disease? Sure. And in most of them, the authors note that their research does not rule out the possibility of a relationship. As for the other 95% of the research, well, according to McFadden, for this reason or that, it's all junk.
As another example, another one of the "lies" that McFadden documents is as follows:
"Antismokers claim that any who oppose them are 'Tobacco Company Fronts.'"
I'm not aware of too many people claiming that anyone who is against, say, bans on smoking in bars is a tobacco company shill. On the other hand, we know quite well by now that tobacco companies did provide major support for all sorts organizations of dubious intent bent on trying to discredit the science that found that smoking is bad for people. It's not really debatable. The documents from the tobacco companies themselves are right in front of us.