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There are many reasons why individuals become embroiled in corporate corruption activities - from political zealotry to over-enthusiastic activism; from gullibility to greed.
Please read the OVERVIEW carefully, and make up your own mind.
Nancy Stone was one of the principles, along with Jolanda Janczewski in Consolodated Safety Services, which was second only to Healthy Buildings International (HBI) in the tobacco industry's IAQ air-testing scams, and use of highly paid, and highly biased witnesses.
Consolidated Safety Services, Inc. staff consisted of Nancy Stone and Jolanda Janczewski, supported by Barry Seebrook, Joe Pedelty, Jon Yereb who all acted as Tobacco Institute witnesses that tobacco smoke wasn't a problem.
1989: Scientific Witnesses for IAQ hearings in 1989
They had a standard testimony (See page 9) of 5 minutes duration which began with:
My name is . . . . . . . . . . . of Consolidated Safety Services, Inc., a safety and occupational health consulting firm based in Washington, DC. I am here, specifically, to speak on the issue of air quality, as it relates to workers confined to indoor spaces, and also to address tobacco smoke and its relation to indoor air pollution. It includes the old mantra about NIOSH studies.
Studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have found that no single substance, including tobacco smoke, is the predominant cause of sick building syndrome. NIOSH also found that, in most cases, improving the building ventilation decreases complaints.
This is Rubbish. See NIOSH
Just as you would not expect to ban cooking or the use of a fireplace in a home when the problem lies within a faulty range-top hood or clogged chimney flue, the elimination of cigarette smoking does not solve the problem of inadequate or poorly maintained ventilation systems.
It is unfortunate that many policymakers have chosen this course of action before understanding the causes of occupant sickness. While their intention to improve the quality of employee environments has been admirable, their actions have been misdirected and have left workers with a growing problem.
We had the opportunity earlier this year to survey thousands of federal employees for the American Federation of Government Employees in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. What is most interesting about this population of employees is that in 1986, the General Services Administration had implemented a smoking policy that restricted smoking in all federal buildings, and yet sick building syndrome is still very prevalent.
Walter Woodson of the Tobacco Insitute has noted in the margin "New and Improved"
1990: Tobacco Institute's Confidential notes on Public Smoking hearings:
Consultants: who they are, how long have they been working for TI, what they do.
- TI consults with 37 ETS and IAQ scientists : 14 are members of university or medical school faculties ; 23 are professional consultants ; 11 are exclusively expert on IAQ .
- Scientific disciplines include chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry, statistics, medicine, environmental science, biostatistics and industrial hygiene.
- Academics : 14 academic scientists from institutions including the University of California ; New York University Medical Center ; Columbia University ; University of South Carolina ; University of .Alabama ; University of Maryland ; Medical College of Virginia ; Pace University ; West Virginia University ; Stillman College ; New York Medical College ; and George Washington University .
- ETS Consultants : George Carlo ; Walter Decker ; Thomas Golojuch ; Gio Gori ; Larry Halfen ; Larry Holcomb ; Alan Katzenstein ; Maurice Levois ; Joe Pedelty; Jack Peterson ; Barry Seabrook ; and David Weeks .
- IAQ Consultants : Peter Binnie ; Bill Butler ; John Drake ; Jolanda Janczewski ; D . Johnson ; Gray Robertson ; Jeff Seckler ; Elia Sterling ; Nancy Stone ; Simon Turner ; and Jon Yereb .
The document lists the following activites of these consultants.
- How we use them
- Prepare and deliver testimony .
- Conduct briefings with legislators; regulators ; lobbyists; and coalition allies.
- Conduct two ETS and one IAQ media tour per month.
- Conduct empirical IAQ research .
- Monitor scientific developments on ETS and IAQ.
- Prepare articles for publication.
- Submit letters to editors of scientific and general audience publications.
- Attend and report on scientific conferences.
- Kinds of things they do
- Testify on federal, state and local smoking restriction and indoor air quality bills and regulations — explaining complex scientific information in straightforward lay terms.
- Appear on television and radio talk shows — often in debate formats — in areas where smoking restriction activity is underway.
- Assist the industry in responding to media reports by preparing c=itiques of adverse research.
- Help reassure allies that they are on solid scientific ground.