The "Father of Stress" Meets "Big Tobacco": Hans Selye and the Tobacco Industry.

Petticrew, MP; Lee, K; (2011) The "Father of Stress" Meets "Big Tobacco": Hans Selye and the Tobacco Industry. American journal of public health, 101 (3). pp. 411-8. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.177634

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Abstract

: The concept of stress remains prominent in public health and owes much to the work of Hans Selye (1907-1982), the "father of stress." One of his main allies in this work has never been discussed as such: the tobacco industry. After an analysis of tobacco industry documents, we found that Selye received extensive tobacco industry funding and that his research on stress and health was used in litigation to defend the industry's interests and argue against a causal role for smoking in coronary heart disease and cancer. These findings have implications for assessing the scientific integrity of certain areas of stress research and for understanding corporate influences on public health research, including research on the social determinants of health.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 20466961
Web of Science ID: 287571800009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3743

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