November 30th 2009, 18:01
If you haven't seen the 1999 movie The Insider, it offers a cautionary tale about the mobile-phone industry. It's based on the true story of a producer (played by Al Pacino) of the American TV show 60 Minutes and a former employee of the tobacco industry (played by Russell Crowe), and their joint attempt to blow the whistle on the tobacco industry.
Although supposedly restrained by a non-disclosure agreement, Crowe reluctantly shares his inside knowledge that the corporate heads of the tobacco titans, who long knew that tobacco was highly addictive, suppressed that information for years through industry sponsored 'studies', which repeatedly claimed to find no such association. All of smoking's risks were hidden behind a smokescreen of official
research. As we now know, the only studies that found passive smoking wasn't harmful were those sponsored by the tobacco industry.