How tobacco-friendly science escapes scrutiny in the courtroom

Am J Public Health. 2005:95 Suppl 1:S16-20. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.046227.


Although the tobacco industry helped fund the attack on "junk science," it has created its own dubious scientific scholarship for its expert witnesses. We suggest that plaintiffs' counsel should be proactive in using Daubert hearings to exclude the tobacco industry defendants' scientific expert witnesses by introducing documentation, such as we have found through researching previously privileged internal industry documents, to prove that much of their proposed testimony was developed by and for their lawyers.

Publication types

  • Legal Case
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Causality
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Public Policy*
  • Science / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Science / methods
  • Supreme Court Decisions
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States