Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Local and state hospitality associations often mention studies conducted by the official sounding Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that questioned the science of secondhand smoke. What they don't tell you is that these studies 1) are bought and paid for by the tobacco industry and 2) do not in any way reflect U.S. Government opinion. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a Department of Energy lab that works on nuclear energy issues in its official capacity, but does private contracting work on the side. Big Tobacco took advantage of this opportunity to whitewash industry-funded science through an official sounding lab. Don't let policymakers and the media be fooled.