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Diana B Petitti
— A smoking & health researcher who consistently found relationships between smoking and disease. They Tobacco institute appears to have kept files on these "anti-smoking" scientists. —
A medically-trained pulmonary specialist who worked on genuine smoking and health research through the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute.
Some key documents
• The Tobacco Institute had an "Individuals" file on Dr Diana B Petitti. No.16598-60.
None of the five entries in this file have any reference to her name and seem to just be random file-fillers. It is likely that incriminating material was removed and the folder simply stuffed with random cuttings, etc.
1978 Sept 9: The Letters page of the Lancet has a letter by Carl Seltzer attacking a Channing Laboratory group who said there was a causal relationship between smoking and CHD. It also has a letter saying:
Dr Petitti and Mr Wingerd (July 29, p. 234) report that the risk of women developing subarachnoid hamorrhage is increased 5.7 times in cigarette smokers, 6.5 times in oral contraceptive (o.c) users, and 22 times in women who both smoked and used o.c. compared with non-users.
1979 May 25: She was working with the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute [as was her associate Gary D Friedman] on a smoking questionaire. A copy of her letter to Greg Morosco, Smoking and Health Program, Enviro Controls Inc. ended up in Tobacco Institute files [Not in her 'Individual' file]
Enviro Controls controls the copyright or approves the questionairre she plans to use. This is an National Cancer Institute-funded project being handled by Enviro Controls.
[Note that someone at Enviro Controls is copying all correspondence with the Kaiser group to the Tobacco Institute.]
1981 June 4: Friedman, GD, Petitti, DB, Bawol, RD & Siegetaub, AB Mortality in cigarette smokers and quitters. Effect of base-line differences. , N. Engl. J. Med. 304(23). 1407-10 (1981) June 4
1983: This report was cited by tobacco-lackies Tweedie and Mengersen at Bond University. DB Petitti was working with GD Friedman and RD Bawol on Diet and lung cancer in California Seventh-day Adventists. [Am. J. Epidemiol.] They reported that 40 to 50% of persons with nonsmoking spouses reported some exposure to ETS while 30 to 35% of those married to smokers reported no exposure.
[Gary Friedman worked on the Framingham study and later for the Kaiser Permenante, and was a co-author of studies with Carl Seltzer from Harvard University's School of Public Health. However he obviously twigged that Seltzer was a 'close friend' of the tobacco industry, and they had a major falling out.]
1995 July 27: A second Case control study on SIDS and smoking has been published by LH Chen and DB Petitti. This document circulated by Helmut Reif of Philip Morris Europe (FTR) Scientific Affairs, says:
The authors concluded "[W]e found no evidence that exposure to passive smoking during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of being SGA at term in a group of white women who did not smcke at all during pregnancy .
In May 1995, the California Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification (DART) Committee did not recommend ETS for consideratiorn as a reproduetive and developmental toxicant under Proposition 65. The DART Committee considered the then-available data on ETS exposure and birth weight in making that decision. The results of this study are consistent with that decision.