Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Dismantling tobacco industry myths

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The tobacco industry has known for decades that smoke-free policies to protect people from second-hand tobacco smoke represent a serious threat to its business:

"… the most dangerous development to the viability of the tobacco industry that has yet occurred." i

"If smokers can't smoke on the way to work, at work, in stores, banks, restaurants, malls and other public places, they are going to smoke less..." ii

The tobacco industry has repeatedly misled and misinformed the public about the health risks and dangers of second-hand tobacco smoke and on the economic impact of smoking bans. The tobacco industry, directly and through front groups, continues it efforts to slow down the implementation of effective legislation to protect workers and the public from second-hand tobacco smoke.

Here are some of the most often used and widely spread tobacco industry myths about smoking bans, and the arguments – based on scientific evidence – to counter them.


i. A Study of Public Attitudes Toward Cigarette Smoking and the Tobacco Industry in 840000 Jun 1984. Bates: 539001438-539001701.
ii. Merlo describes Philip Morris' motivation for fighting smoking restrictions: Corporate author, Philip Morris.Philip Morris Magazine 890300 - 890400 the Best of America 19890315/P. Bates: 2040236324A-204026324AV.