Tobacco Companies' Efforts to Undermine Ingredient Disclosure: Massachusetts Benchmark Study

The Massachusetts Benchmark Study (MBS) was a large scale study that served to delay policy actions in the state of Massachusetts and ultimately provided no useful information to the scientific community or consumers of tobacco products. In an article published in the Tobacco Control online journal (September 2015), tobacco control researchers Clayton Velicer, MPH, Stella Aguinaga-Bialous, RN, DrPH and Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, concluded that regulators should not negotiate with, nor allow, tobacco companies to conduct research as a manner of influencing policy in a way that enables them to provide misleading information.  The fact that the MBS design was proposed and published by tobacco companies in response to regulations around the world demonstrates that they used this approach as a way to avoid accurate reporting about the toxicity of tobacco products.  Click here to read the full article.