Policy Forum

Seven Myths of the Anti‐​Smoking Movement

September 10, 1998 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Jacob Sullum

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Since the collapse of the tobacco deal, efforts to further regulate tobacco and smoking have continued in the courts, in Congress, in regulatory agencies, and among state attorneys general. Journalist Jacob Sullum takes on many of the claims made by the anti‐​smoking movement — from secondhand smoke to the social costs of smoking — and argues that the fundamental issue in the tobacco wars is an attempt by some people to impose their tastes and preferences on other people. He’ll review the latest court cases and legislative maneuvering and the myths behind them, and Matthew Myers will offer a sharply contrasting view.