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Am J Public Health. 2011 Mar;101(3):497-503. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.199695. Epub 2011 Jan 13.

Manufacturing credibility: the National Energy Management Institute and the Tobacco Institute's strategy for indoor air quality.

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Community Health Program, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA. richard.campbell@tufts.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We studied tobacco industry efforts during the 1980s and 1990s to promote the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI), a nonprofit organization, as an authority on indoor air quality as part of the industry's strategy to oppose smoke-free worksite policies.

METHODS:

We analyzed tobacco industry documents, conducted literature searches in Lexis-Nexis for background and historical literature, and reviewed relevant public health and policy literature.

RESULTS:

The tobacco industry provided more than US $6 million to NEMI to establish it as an authority on indoor air quality and to work with it to undermine support for smoke-free air policies by promoting ventilation as a solution to indoor air quality problems. Tobacco industry support for NEMI was not publicly disclosed.

CONCLUSIONS:

NEMI was a valuable ally for the tobacco industry through NEMI's ties to organized labor, its technical background, and its status as a third-party actor. NEMI also helped the industry to portray ventilation to improve overall indoor air quality and smoke-free worksites as an either-or choice; in fact, both can improve worker health.

PMID:
21233427
PMCID:
PMC3036691
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2010.199695
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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