How the Tobacco Industry Manipulated the Research Studies
I selected this news story about tobacco effects because smoking is common among my group of friends, and I am often subjected to the effects of second-hand smoke. Therefore, I, like many other people at workplaces or schools, am an indirect participant in the smoking process who will have to experience the health effects of the smoke.
Prior to reading this story, I knew that tobacco companies earn a lot of money and engage in political activism to promote smoking. I assumed that this article would explain some specific ways in which the tobacco industry affects the public’s and politicians’ opinions about tobacco.
The topics discussed in this article relate to the materials studied in this class because they help see the biases linked to the research studies and how even with the use of the scientific method, the outcomes of the study can be manipulated. More specifically, the author explains how the tobacco industry representatives manipulated the research studies’ samples to label non-smokers as people who are not exposed to the harmful effects of cigarettes.
I would like to focus on the question, “does second-hand smoke increase the likelihood of developing heart disease.”
A natural scientist has an in-depth understanding of biology and can explain how the smoke from cigarettes and the varied chemicals it contains affect people’s health. Hence, this can help raise awareness about the health effects of cigarettes that were previously not known and address the propaganda spread by the tobacco companies. Moreover, a natural scientist in collaboration with policymakers can help protect the health of the general public since many people are exposed to second-hand smoke, and they cannot impact this occurrence.