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Lawrence Garfinkel was Vice President of Epidemiology & Statistics for the American Cancer Society. Lawrence Garfinkel did a study which disputed a Japanese study of early 1980s that concluded nonsmoking wives of smokers had a higher cancer rate than the smoking husbands (E. Whelan 1984). In an early 1980s ad, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company quoted Garfinkle, out of context, in an attempt to prove that passive smoking is not an important health-policy issue. Garfinkle protested by letter to the N.Y. Times (L. White, Merchants 1988). Garfinkel as served as a Plaintiff's expert in tobacco cases.
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