Clinical Question: How did the tobacco industry enlist otolaryngologists in support of efforts to reassure consumers that cigarettes were safe?
Background: To counter emerging scientific evidence in the mid-20th century showing the link between smoking and cancer, the tobacco industry needed more than advertising to create doubt about the scientific facts. Supported by generous payments, some of the country’s foremost physicians were recruited to obfuscate the emerging truth.
Explore this issue:January 2012
Study design: Literature review and search of the Legacy Tobacco Document Archives.
Setting: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.| | | Next → | Single Page