Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Good Lie

Reason has a post about claims by anti-smoking activists that spending 30 minutes in a room with a smoker raises your risk of death to the same levels as someone who smokes. This claim is what we in political blogging call a "lie." But that's ok, since we need to "simplify the facts" for those who are too stupid to draw the conclusions we want them too.

I recomend you read the whole Reason post, but the original article in New Scientist is behind a paywall. There is a link to the author's blog, however, which contains a nice summary, as well as a lot of interesting stuff from the War on Tobacco. I highly recomend giving it a read, especially if you are interested in smoking policy.


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