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January 24, 1996

The Tobacco Industry and the Brown and Williamson Documents-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California, San Francisco
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School New Brunswick, NJ

JAMA. 1996;275(4):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530280031029

In Reply.  —Readers considering Sterling's objections to our discussion of his role in the tobacco industry's continuing effort to create controversy regarding the health dangers of ETS should be aware of his pattern of past criticisms of our colleague, Dr Bero. Her funded research grant, "The tobacco industry and scientific research," was the subject of a California Public Records Act request on December 31,1991, by Research Information Services, a Los Angeles company that executes such requests for undisclosed clients. On October 27, 1993, at the American Public Health Association meeting in San Francisco, Sterling presented an abstract1 reporting unpublished preliminary data from this proposal and implied that Bero's study amounted to harassment. He also used the information in a letter to the dean of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine suggesting that Bero was inappropriately using her position at UCSF to disseminate incorrect and harmful