Originally posted by mrtwistor
Unsound data? Oppression of the majority? It is the majority that was forced to breathe the carcinogens spewed by smokers. No smoking in Delaware too, and it is great.
Yep, I said unsound. Us Courts have found the data the shows second hand smoke to be the evil to end all evils is a lie. The data shows virtually no change in smoking related diseases among those who breath second hand smoke than those who don't.http://www.cato.org/dailys/9-28-98.html
Judge Osteen determined that the EPA had "cherry picked" its data and had grossly manipulated "scientific procedure and scientific norms" in order to rationalize the agency's own preconceived conclusion that passive smoking caused 3,000 lung cancer deaths a year.
The EPA chose to omit entirely from its analysis two recent U.S. ETS studies that had determined that passive smoking was NOT a statistically significant health risk. Worse for the EPA, including those studies with the "cherry-picked" 11 produces a result that shows no statistically significant health risks associated with passive smoking, even at reduced confidence levels. In short, even employing the EPA's own corrupt methodology, ETS was simply not a "Group A Carcinogen," as the agency had boldly asserted.
Breathing second hand cigarette smoke is no more dangerous than roasting marshmellows around a campfire.
Now, Olsons ruling was vacated on appeal because he "overstepped the bounds of judicial review" not because of his findings on second hand smoke in and of itself.
Second hand smoke has been linked with every disease from cancer to SIDS... So has the consumption of bread.
I love smoke-free bars and restaurants. Woo-Whoo!!! I feel though the data used to justify the FUD about second hand smoke is as yet inconclusive at least and shows minimal risk at most.
PS... I misspoke in that I meant opression by the majority.