Published: Sunday 31 March 1996

Bungling up of data on secondhand smoke has landed a us company, Healthy Buildings International, in the dock. A federal grand jury is investigating whether the company, which monitors air quality for federal and private buildings, made false statements to the federal government regarding the risks of secondhand smoke and concealed the fact that it works for the Tobacco Institute, an advocacy group. Federal studies have linked secondhand smoke to cancer and heart disease among non-smokers, which has led to a smoking ban in offices, restaurants and other public places.

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