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Was the collaboration secret?

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Tobacco smoke publications

Letters to scientific journals

ETS workshops

The campaign


Tobacco smoke and tobacco smoke related publications 

During 45 years of scientific activity, Rylander published a number of articles on the toxicity of tobacco smoke and some epidemiological studies on life styles, comparing smokers and non-smokers. There was also a project on lung cancer and different environmental factors. All publications with original data were reviewed before publication in scientific journals. After publication there was never any critique of the validity of the data till Hedley in Hong Kong in a letter to the Editor, McKee, of the European Journal of Public Health in 2003, raised questions on paper 2.30, not because of the accuracy of the data but for the connections with the tobacco industry. 

The reference to the articles are given below, for anyone interested to scrutinize and try to find what others have not been able to find, namely scientific errors or falsified data. If a particular article cannot be obtained contact us for a copy (link contact us).


Publications with original data

Tobacco smoke

A machine for introducing a regulated amount of tobacco smoke into an animal. Dalhamn T, Essen E, Kajland A, Rylander R. J Air Water Pollut 1963; 7:511-515.

Ciliastatic action of smoke from filter-tipped and non-tipped cigarettes. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Nature 1963; 201:401-402.

Ciliastatic action of cigarette smoke:  varying exposure times. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Arch Otolaryngol 1965; 81:379-382.

Cigarette smoke and ciliastasis:  effect of varying composition of smoke. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Arch Environ Hlth 1966; 13:47-50.

Tar content and cilitoxicity of cigarette smoke. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Acta Pharmacol Toxicol 1967;25: 369-372.

Differences in ciliotoxicity of cigarette smoke: comparison of two exposure methods. Dalhamn T, Rylander R, Spears AW. Am Rev Resp Dis 1967;96: 1078-1079.

Relative role of aerosol and volatile constituents of cigarette smoke as agents toxic to the respiratory tract. Rylander R. National Cancer Institute 1968; Monograph 28, pp. 221-229.

Mouth absorption of various compounds of cigarette smoke. Dalhamn T, Edfors ML, Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1968; 16:831-835.

Ciliotoxicity of cigarette smoke and its volatile components. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Am Rev Resp Dis 1968; 98:509-511.

Retention of cigarette smoke components in human lungs. Dalhamn T, Edfors ML, Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1968;17:746-748.

Experimental requirements for the toxicological evaluation of tobacco smoke in the respiratory system. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Scand J Resp Dis 1969,50: 273-280.

Cilitoxicity of cigar and cigarette smoke. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1970; 20:252-253.

Nasal absorption of organic matter in animal experiments. Dalhamn T, Rosengren A, Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1971; 22:554-556.

Reduction of cigarette smoke ciliotoxicity by certain tobacco additives. Dalhamn T, Rylander R. Am Rev Resp Dis 1971; 103:355-357.

Lung clearance of particles and bacteria: effects of cigarette smoke exposure. Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1971;23: 321-326.

Free lung cell studies in cigarette smoke inhalation experiments. Rylander R. Scand J Resp Dis 1971;52: 121-128.

Tobacco smoke toxicity: the experimental evaluation. Rylander R. Environ Res 1:53-74.

Toxicity of cigarette smoke components:  free lung cell response in acute exposures. Rylander R. Am Rev Resp Dis 1973; 108:1279-1282.

Alteration of certain pulmonary smoke exposure reactions by phenylmethyl- oxadiazole (PMO). Rylander R. Scand J Resp Dis 1973; 54:223-230.

Pulmonary cell responses to inhaled cigarette smoke. Rylander R. Arch Environ Health 1974; 29:329-333.

Review of studies on environmental tobacco smoke. Rylander R. Scand J Resp Dis 1974, suppl, 91:10-20.

Perspectives on environmental tobacco smoke exposure. Rylander R. Scand J Resp Dis 1974; suppl, 91:79-87.

Free lung cell response after combined exposure to cigarette smoke and industrial dusts. Rylander R, Sjöstrand M, Bergström R. Toxicology 1979; 12:211.220.

Free lung cell phagocytosis and the effect of cigarette smoke exposure.

Fogelmark B, Rylander R, Sjöstrand M, Reininghaus W. Exper Lung Res 1980; 1:131-138.

Asthma and cessation of smoking. Hillerdahl G, Rylander R. Clin Allergy 1984; 14:45-47.

Lung cell reactions in guinea pigs exposed to tobacco smoke and silica dust or bacterial lipopolysaccharides. Sjöstrand M, Rylander R. Toxicology 1984; 29:271-280.

Life history correlates of environmental tobacco smoke: a study on non-smoking Hong Kong Chinese wives with smoking vs non-smoking husbands.

Koo LC, Ho JH-C, Rylander R. Social Sci Medicine 1988; 26:751-760.

Lung cancer risk and mutagenicity of tea. Tewes FJ, Koo LC, Meisgen TJ, Rylander R. Env Res 1990; 52:23-33.

Environmental exposures with decreased risk for lung cancer? Rylander R. Int J Epidemiol 1992; 19:S67-S71.

Dietary habits for non-smoking females living with smokers or non-smokers. Rylander R, Axelsson G, Mégevand Y, Dahlberg C, Liljeqvist T, Sundh V. Eur J Publ Health 1999; 9:142-145.

Pulmonary cell infiltration after chronic exposure to (1→3)-ß-D-glucan and cigarette smoke. Sjöstrand M, Rylander R. Inflammation Res 1997, 46:93-97.

Lung cancer, smoking and diet among Swedish men. Rylander R, Axelsson G, Andersson L, Liljeqvist T, Bergman B. Lung cancer 1996; 14:S75-S83.

Diet and risk for lung cancer: A Swedish case-control study. Axelsson G, Rylander R. Nutrition and Cancer 2002;44: 145-151.

Lung cancer risk in relation to vegetable and fruit consumption and smoking. Rylander R, Axelsson G. Int J Cancer 2006; 118:739-743.


Reviews, editorials

Environmental tobacco smoke and lung cancer – recent aspects on confounders and dose levels. Rylander R, Koo LC. In: H Kasuga, ed, Indoor Air Quality. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg 1990; pp133-137.

Chronic Lung Disease and Tobacco Smoke Exposure- concepts on Etiological Factors. Rylander R. In: Wynder El, Hoffman D, Gori GB (ed) Modifying the risk for the smoker Proc 3 World Conference, Smoking & Health, DHEW (NIH), 76-1221 pp 427-432.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Causative Agent or White Elephant? Rylander R. Arch Env Health 1992;47: 102-103.             



Environmental tobacco smoke effects on the non-smoker: Report from a workshop. Rylander R, ed. Scand J Resp Dis 1974; suppl 91, pp. 1-90.

ETS - Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Report from a workshop on effects and exposure levels. Rylander R, Peterson Y, Snella M-C, eds. Eur J Resp Dis 1984; suppl 133, 65:1-152.

Assessing low-risk agents for lung cancer: Methodological aspects. Rylander R,

Peterson Y, Lebowitz MD, eds. Proceedings of an International Workshop. Int J Epidemiol 1990; suppl 1, 19:S1-S87.