A French Professor who was too frightened to speak out before retirement has said that there is no proof that passive smoking causes harm.
Professor Philippe Evan, a World-renowned pulmonologist and former president of the prestigious Research Institute Necker, pointed out that 40% of studies carried out on passive smoking found no link between passive smoking and smoking diseases while another 60% found only negligible links.
“Clearly, the harm is either nonexistent, or it is extremely low,” he concluded.
The sole reason the link between passive smoking and cigarettes had been promoted, he explained, was to give the anti-smoking lobby a new tool with which to fight smoking.
But legislation, he argued, should not be passed on the basis of a lie.
When asked why he had not spoken out before retirement he explained that:
“As a civil servant, dean of the largest medical faculty in France, I was held to confidentiality. If I had deviated from official positions, I would have had to pay the consequences. Today, I am a free man.“