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The Cigarette Controversy

Overview of attention for article published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, June 2007
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5 news outlets
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5 blogs
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1 policy source
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41 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
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2 Redditors

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Title
The Cigarette Controversy
Published in
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, June 2007
DOI 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-06-0912
Pubmed ID
Authors

K. Michael Cummings, Anthony Brown, Richard O'Connor

Abstract

This study examines the history of the cigarette controversy using the tobacco documents as a roadmap to explore the following four questions: (a) What did tobacco companies know about the health risks of smoking and when did they know it? (b) What evidence is there that tobacco companies conspired to deliberately mislead the public about the health risks of smoking? (c) How were scientists involved in the cigarette controversy? (d) Have tobacco companies changed the way they do business since signing the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement? The tobacco companies knew and for most part accepted the evidence that cigarette smoking was a cause of cancer by the late 1950s. The documents also reveal that the tobacco companies helped manufacture the smoking controversy by funding scientific research that was intended to obfuscate and prolong the debate about smoking and health. Today, the tobacco companies acknowledge that smoking is a cause of disease, but they have not materially altered the way they do business. In our opinion, it is not sufficient for the tobacco industry to merely concede the obvious point that smoking is a cause of disease when it is evident that decades of misinformation has resulted in a public that is massively ignorant about the risks of smoking low-tar cigarettes, nicotine addiction, and secondhand smoke exposure. Public education efforts are still needed to correct these misperceptions along with government oversight to ensure that the industry is not permitted to mislead the public further. If the past 50 years have taught us anything, it is that the tobacco industry cannot be trusted to put the public's interest above their profits no matter what they say.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
United Arab Emirates 1 2%
Unknown 56 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 22%
Researcher 7 12%
Student > Bachelor 6 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 9%
Student > Postgraduate 4 7%
Other 13 22%
Unknown 10 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 17%
Psychology 9 16%
Social Sciences 8 14%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 5%
Other 12 21%
Unknown 12 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 114. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 May 2022.
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#277,108
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#113
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#1,521
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#1
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