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stages of denial
In light of the CPSC and the toy and PVC industries' response to our
new report on lead and cadmium in vinyl children's products ask
yourself what stage of denial they are in. Here's a description of
the series of defenses used by the asbestos industry, as described by
David Ozonoff of Boston University's school of public health.
Substitute your favorite product (mine, of course is PVC) for ***:
*** Doesn't hurt your health.
OK, it does hurt your health, but it doesn't cause cancer.
OK, *** can cause cancer, but not our kind of asbestos.
OK, our kind of *** can cause cancer, but not the kind this
OK, our kind of *** can cause cancer, but not at the doses to
which this person was exposed.
OK, *** does cause cancer, and at this dosage, but this person
got his disease from something else--like smoking.
OK, he was exposed to our *** and it did cause his cancer, but
we did not kow about the danger when we exposed him
OK, we knew about the danger when we exposed him, but the statute of
limitations has run out.
OK, the statute of limitations hasn't run out, but if we're guilty
we'll go out of business and everyone will be worse off.
OK, we'll agree to go out of business, but only if you let us keep
part of our company intact, and only if you limit our liability for
the harms we have caused.
(This is from Toxic Deception by Dan Fagin and Marianne Lavelle,
the report and related information is on our website at
http://www.greenpeaceusa.org in the campaigns section.
have a nice weekend.