The Asian environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) consultants programme
- Note: The tobacco archives have many very revealing documents relating to the Asian ETS Consultants Program which came to be commonly referred to by the name Asian WhiteCoats. See this also.
Care and Feeding: The Asian environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) consultants programme
- Published paper by M. Assunta, N. Fields, J. Knight, S. Chapman, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Tobacco Control, Volume 13, 2004, pages ii4-ii12
The authors reviewed tobacco industry documents about the tobacco industry’s Asian environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) consultants program, focusing on the three key nations of China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.
They found that release of the 1986 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on secondhand smoke provoked tobacco companies to prepare for a major threat to their industry. Asian program activities included conducting national/international symposiums, conducting consultant "road shows" and carrying out extensive lobbying and media activities. The industry exploited confounding factors said to be unique to Asian societies such as diet, culture and urban pollution to downplay the health risks of ETS. The industry consultants were said to be "...prepared to do the kinds of things they were recruited to do." The program was successful in blurring the science on ETS and keeping the controversy alive both nationally and internationally. For the duration of the project, it also successfully dissuaded national policy makers from instituting comprehensive bans on smoking in public places.
Full article available at: "Care and feeding": the Asian environmental tobacco smoke consultants programme
Related SourceWatch resources
- Philip Morris' Whitecoat Project
- ETS (Environmental tobacco smoke) Media Strategy
- Project Brass
- Jeff Seckler
- Healthy Buildings International
- ACVA Atlantic
- Philip Morris' Latin Project
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