Source: The Mercury, 12 October, 1998, p.5
THE World Health Organisation has published a study that shows there is no significant statistical link between passive smoking and cancer. The 10-year, seven- country European study questions the anti- tobacco lobby's assertion there is an established correlation between the two. The study was coordinated by WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, France, and involved 650 lung cancer patients,- who were compared with 1542 healthy people. The study looked at people who were married to or worked with smokers, and those who grew up with smokers. Data was also collected on other environmental factors, such as heating and cooking arrangements, exposure to known occupational lung carcinogens and, in some cases, dietary habits.
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