I can’t believe the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) sometimes.
I frequently comment favorably on ACSH postings at their website,
I am on the ACSH Policy advisor group, and philosophically support their efforts to promote good science and good public policy making. I generally support ACSH efforts. They never call me though, and ask my advice, so today I am going to give them some advice–get your heads on straight people. You screwed up today, and while I’m at it I’m going to pick another bone with you on your silly statements with regards to cancer.
ACSH in the past bit on the American Cancer Society (ACS) nonsense that cancer is caused 1/3 by tobacco, 1/3 by food and 1/3 by environmental toxins. Nonsense, silly nonsense. Tobacco doesn’t do all the ACSH or the ACS says it does. If you look at Cancers known to be caused by tobacco, nowhere near 1/3. Environmental toxins? You kidding? Food? Again–says who?
And worst of all they ignored known factors like sun light for skin cancer if you want to count them, local chemical and mechanical irritation and trauma. Viral cancers, genetics, and the claim by the ACSH and the ACS forgets a major factor in cancer epidemiology–age, as Bob Greene says–the multiple birthdays syndrome. How many different ways can ACSH and the ACS be wrong when they make their pronouncements about causes of cancer?
So now because they want to keep their big city bona fide’s and fashionable position of hating cigarettes, they bite on a stupid second-hand smoke study.
We all know that smoking increases risk of Lung Cancer, lifetime pack a day or more Relative Risk (RR) of 10, (900% increase) in lung cancer. Heart disease and stroke and vascular disease lesser RR but still there.
HOWEVER, there is no good evidence that second-hand smoke is toxic or harmful–none. All of the studies are data dredging crapola.
And in the past the ACSH stood stoutly in its objections to the second-hand smoke claims.
Now here they are citing a lousy study and allowing junk science on second-hand smoke and agreeing with it? Guess Josh Bloom doesn’t know his history.
I am shocked to see a New York based organization dedicated to good science roll over on an important science issue like junk science second-hand smoke claims. An esteemed and long time member of the ACSH Board did the best study of all to show no effect of second-hand smoke. Named James Enstrom.
Environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality in … – BMJ
What am I to think. ACSH–shame on you. Josh Bloom study your history.