Surgeon General nonsense
I threw a really long post on the recent SG report declaring war on second hand smoke here. I read the actual data in the report, and it’s the same old crap. David Strom ran the numbers over at the Taxpayers League website, a non-smoker has a 6 in 100,000 chance of getting lung cancer, people exposed to second hand smoke have a 8 in 100,000 chance of cancer, a 1 in 50,000 increase (or a Relative Risk Ratio of 1.33 versus 1.00) or a .002% increase. In other words, jack squat. The Surgeon General is repackaging old nonsense and is trying to enforce new restrictions on freedom.
Update: Even those who support restrictions on workplace ETS say the Surgeon General is purposefully misleading the public. It will be hard to dismiss this person a member of the “tinfoil hat” crowd. (I have a problem with his analysis too, since he says it takes living with a smoker for decades to get a small increase in morbidity rate yet he supports workplace restrictions, which has to be a much smaller effect)