Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and lung cancer: A systematic review
Peter N Lee, John S Fry, Barbara A Forey, Jan S Hamling, P.N. Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd., Sutton, Surrey SM2 5DA, United Kingdom
Alison J Thornton, Independent Consultant in Statistics, Okehampton EX20 1SG, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Lee PN, Fry JS and Forey BA planned the study; Hamling JS and Thornton AJ carried out the literature searches, assisted by Lee PN and Forey BA; Fry JS, Forey BA, Hamling JS and Thornton AJ carried out the data entry which was independently checked by one of these or Lee PN; Lee PN and Forey BA discussed any difficulties in interpreting published data or in the appropriate methods for derivation of RRs; Forey BA and Hamling JS conducted the main statistical analyses, and Fry JS the bias analyses along lines discussed and agreed with Lee PN; Lee PN drafted the paper, with the assistance of Thornton AJ, which was critically reviewed by the other authors.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Lee PN, Director of P.N. Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd., is an independent consultant in statistics and an advisor in the fields of epidemiology and toxicology to a number of tobacco, pharmaceutical and chemical companies including the sponsors of this study. Fry JS, Forey BA and Hamling JS are employees of, and Thornton AJ a consultant to, P.N. Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd.
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Correspondence to: Peter N Lee, MA, Director, P.N. Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd., 17 Cedar Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5DA, United Kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: November 24, 2015
Peer-review started: November 25, 2015
First decision: December 28, 2015
Revised: January 19, 2016
Accepted: March 9, 2016
Article in press: March 14, 2016
Published online: April 26, 2016