Christopher W Collett
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Chris Collett was a British citizen who was a long term employee of Theodor D Sterling's Canadian company TDS Ltd. which worked almost exclusively for the tobacco industry around the world. He generally acted as the project manager.
Documents & Timeline
1987 Sep 3 Theodor Sterling has written to "Andrew" (Nelmes of Gallaher in UK) and "Ray" (Thornton of BAT in UK). They have obviously asked him to do some pseudo-research in the UK along the lines of the pseudo-research he does in the USA.
He presents the arguments that can be used to counter claims that ETS is harmful to the health of non-smokers, and suggests
To facilitate such research, it may be reasonable to establish a research center in the UK (or elsewhere) capable of doing work similar to that done by TDS Ltd in Vancouver.
To examine that feasibility, a systematic investigation is needed which would indentify:
- the types of studies that are possible
- where these studies might best be done and by whome
- effective methods (meetings) to disseminate results.
- What measures of success can reasonably be expected from implementing these activities.
- [need to] identify sources of additional support (public and private collaborators)
He nominates projects worth doing:
- To what extent is there a pattern of smoking related to occupation and social status? (Smoking is more prevalent among individuals exposed to hazards in their workplace or through their lifestyles.
- Sick Buildings and smoking (A large number os so-called "sick buildings' have been investigated and cigarette smoking is seldom listed as one of the causes)
- Is there sufficient data available from building evaluations that can be combined in an information database? (TDS Ltd has one of two such databases in North America)
- What are the needs for centers concentrating on building studies?
- Modeling the health effects of ETS (There are a number of approaches to use various sources of data to extrapolate possible risks from ETS to nonsmokers. Rigorous use of such data results in a relatively small risk.
- What guiding principles underlie existing or planned workplace smoking restrictions? (Based on a TDS Ltd, study for a Canadian federal agency)
- Effective public discussion of building air quality problems. (Choosing the type of organisation that would co-sponsor such discussion - needs to be investigated and identified).
He offers to have TDS Ltd. personnel visit the UK, EEC countries and Australia to plan the above. They will also identify a sick building for study, and organise a conference about building problems. He offers himself, Elia Sterling, Chris Collett, Anthony Arundel and Dr Alan Hedge from Cornell University.
They will employ in the Europe and Australia:
- Prof John S Clifton, Head of Dept of Medical Physics at University College Hospital, London
- Dr Timo Partanen, Head of Inst. of Occupational Health, Helsinki Finland (an old collaborator of Sterlings)
- The Hulbert Group, architects in Australia
- Milton Meckler, a ventilation engineer with experience in Australia