John Bacon-Shone

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John Bacon-Shone (Biostatistician, Hong Kong U, Industry Consultant): Biostatistician, Department of Statistics, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong. In 1992 he was listed as a member of the Indoor Air International See and at that time he appears to have been the Director of the Social Sciences Research Cente, at the University of Honk Kong with the title Professor. He was a long-term Asian consultant for the tobacco industry.

He was the recipient of CIAR funding, and a member of the ARTIST group of indoor air consultants to the tobacco industry. He was also a mentor and associate of Linda C Koo (aka Linda Chih-ling Koo) and Sarah Liao (aka Sarah Liao Sau-tung). Sarah Liao, who was married to the Hong Kong post-master, had her own business EHS Consultants and acted as a 'cut-out' to launder Koo's payments from the tobacco industry.


Tobacco Industry Scientist. Worked on the Asia environmental tobacco smoke Consultants Programme (See Philip Morris 2500048643/8654 for preliminary information about the recruitment of scientists for the project) Dr Bacon-Shone denied being paid to be tobacco industry consultants - see South China Morning Post, 18 January 1999, 'The cigarette papers : smoking guns'.

Documents & Timeline

1989 Aug 8 -- An early McGill Uni ETS symposium List - possible speakers agenda. (Type-in Bates Number) 2500017046

1990 Sarah Liao (aka Sarah Liao Sau-tung) and Dr John Bacon-Shone have been commissioned by the CIAR to undertake a $1 million project. [1]

1999 Jan 18 The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department commissioned a study into the early release of tobacco documents in 1995, but they appear to have done nothing with the information.Then in 1999, the Hong Kong newspapers got hold of the story from Stanton Glanz's book, '"The Cigarette Papers".

This resulted in an inquiry in Hong Kong, with Sarah Liao and Dr John Bacon-Shone denying that they knew the tobacco industry was funding their project. See the articles which expose the project. [2] [3]

1999 Jan 18A China Morning Post story.

Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department which commissioned the recently released $10 million stuidy is seeking legal advice and conducting checks on the report. The Inquiry was ordered after managing director of EHS Consultants, Sara Liao Sau-tung and Central Policy Unit member John Bacon-Shone were named in Philip Morris cigarette company documents as having been paid consultants to the industry.

The study had been commissioned in 1995 and it was 'intended to be the corner-stone of future policy and legislation on indoor air"

Also see page 53 article where he defends himself. p 57 John Rupp says that they were fully aware of the tobacco connections [4]

1999 Mar ASH "Conspiracy: Industry Plants Scientist... from The Cigarette Papers." has a detailed expose of C&B lawyer John Rupp, Linda Koo and Sarah Liao, and how the McGill University ETS Symposium was used by the industry to train and accredit Asian scientific and academic recruits for disinformation support. [5]

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