The Cancer Lobby – NYTimes.com

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Not terribly surprising, as this playbook has happened so many times: asbestos, tobacco, soft drinks. A reminder of the need for balance between the free market and regulation, and providing information is one of the least intrusive regulatory approaches possible. Quote:

The chemical industry is working frantically to suppress that scientific consensus — because it fears “public confusion.” Big Chem apparently worries that you might be confused if you learned that formaldehyde caused cancer of the nose and throat, and perhaps leukemia as well.

The industry’s strategy is to lobby Congress to cut off money for the Report on Carcinogens, a 500-page consensus document published every two years by the National Institutes of Health, containing the best information about what agents cause cancer. If that sounds like shooting the messenger, well, it is.

The Cancer Lobby – NYTimes.com.

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