Dr. Siegel condemns the tobacco control activists for their misinformation given during testimony before lawmakers to promote smoking bansAccording to testimony given by the American Heart Association in support of a proposed smoke-free restaurant ordinance in Rochester, Minnesota: "When you leave a restaurant after dining...[tobacco smoke has] made your blood 'stickier' promoting blood clots."
The Minnesota Medical Association went so far as to include this fallacious health claim in its "Testimony Talking Points," which instructs anti-smoking advocates to testify that: "even brief exposure to secondhand smoke - just 30 minutes - increases hardening of the arteries, contributing to coronary heart disease."
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It is disturbing to me that inaccurate testimony is being given by anti-smoking groups in an effort to promote smoking bans. Although I have made it clear that I support most of these policies, I do not support the use of false scientific testimony to promote policy... read Dr Siegel's complete post here.
Dr. Siegel exposes the lies and deceipt being used by anti-smoking activists to force government policy change on small businesses. It's time for lawmakers to send these liars and charlatans packing. Especially now that a local government health department conducted AQ testing and determined secondhand smoke to be 500 - 15 times safer than OSHA workplace indoor air quality guidelines. And here the American Cancer Society air quality testing of secondhand smoke proved concentrations in smoking establishments are 532 - 25,000 times SAFER than OSHA regulations.