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THE WORKS OF DR. GORI: SOUND EVIDENCE, AND AN UNCOMFORTABLE CALL TO ETHICS AND REALITY

 

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PREFACE Long ago, we were interested in publishing several works of Dr. Gio Batta Gori, a respected scientist who has fought political corruption in the scientific world.  Dr. Gori has received funding from the tobacco industry  -- as well as from highly prestigious government-sponsored research groups.     

The work of Dr. Gori is very interesting because -- no matter what the source of funding -- it debunks the common and much publicized assumptions about tobacco with logic and scientific rigor.  We link to the entire text of Dr. Gori's papers, rather than the abstracts, so that readers can judge for themselves the soundness of his work.

If only the abstract of a paper is published rather than the entire work, it is not possible to see how the author got to his/her conclusions. Thus it is easy to dismiss him/her by stating or implying that he/she is a "well-paid front for the tobacco industry" even when there is no industry funding for a particular paper or article.
 

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ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE AND CORONARY HEART SYNDROMES: ABSENCE OF AN ASSOCIATION

 The lack of association between secondhand smoking and coronary heart syndrome is clearly and unequivocally demonstrated in this work. The anti-tobacco groups have gone to great lengths in trying to link ETS with heart disease.  They have utterly failed to establish any convincing argument -- on any scientific or logical grounds.   Facts, however, seem to hold no attraction for these groups.

We make the entire contents of Dr. Gori's important work accessible to the layperson, and to the truly independent researcher.   We believe that an informed adult is quite capable of reaching his or her own conclusions based on fact, not emotion. 

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 SCIENCE, POLITIC, AND ETHICS: THE CASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE

 "The right of individuals to smoke has been a vexing obstacle in the campaign against smoking. Strategists have long sought to restrict this right, if it could be represented that exposure of non-smokers to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) constitutes a health risk. Massive resources have been directed toward producing the desired evidence, but 15 years of investigations have yielded ambiguous results which permit openly hypothetical conjectures."

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 FAILING OF THE DISEASE MODEL OF ADDICTION

 "Especially during the last four decades, 'addiction' in this extreme pejorative meaning has been portrayed alternatively as a disease or a sin, and has been subject to social and moral sanctions. In an open society of free individuals such a coercion cannot be justified unless the condition is defined precisely by the simultaneous attributes of severe psychotoxicity, severe withdrawal symptoms, and recurrence tied to the loss of self-control and individual volition. Still, these attributes are open-ended, and an explicit metric of severity at which they may trigger social objection has not been clarified. As a consequence, 'addiction' allegations are left to elicit emotional, subjective, and value-laden responses ready to be exploited. A clamorous example is the claim by US officials that cigarette smoking is equal to the abuse of heroin or cocaine. An unequivocal definition of 'addiction' may restore some sense of proportion to official normative intervention."

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 SCIENCE, IMAGINABLE RISKS, AND PUBLIC POLICY: ANATOMY OF A MIRAGE

 "Experimental predictivity, qualified by probability criteria, is the test that enables scientific inferences of causality and objective statements of fact. Yet, especially during this century the rational discipline of science has been assailed as arrogant by a rising fashion of intellectual laissez faire. In this ambiguous climate, health risk claims that are void or extremely weak in factual content are represented as if scientifically objective and forced at all levels of policy deliberations,especially in cancer risk assessment. Such pretensions deny essential guarantees of public fairness and undermine the credibility of science." Essays on science ethics.

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EPIDEMIOLOGY, RISK ASSESSMENT, AND PUBLIC POLICY: RESTORING EPISTEMIC WARRANTS

 "The ethics of science negates causal statements of fact if experimental predictivity is absent. In this context, conjectures may have a place in public rhetoric but the presentation of untested or untestable hypotheses as if they were objectively predictive is unethical in the context of science, and equally unethical in defining public policies." Essays on science ethics


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