Franz Adlkofer

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Dr. Franz Adlkofer

Dr. Franz Adlkofer is a professor of internal medicine in Germany who specializes in diseases partly or completely caused from environmental and/or behavioral causes. He was a tobacco industry consultant.

Adlkofer argued in a 1988 joint meeting of the worldwide tobacco companies held at St. James Court in London that the industry should stop developing "marketable science" for use in public relations to fight the secondhand smoke issue and instead should establish a safe threshold for exposure to secondhand smoke. [1]


Franz Adlkofer was born in 1935. He received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich in 1965, and got his post-doctoral education in internal medicine from the Free University of Berlin until 1976. From 1976 to 1992 Prof. Adlkofer worked for the industry, including the tobacco industry. Since 1992 he served as Executive Director and since 2002 has been a Member of the Board of VERUM - Foundation for Behaviour and Environment in Munich. His special interest concentrates on the investigation of diseases caused by behaviour and environment. Until 2004 he lectured on this topic at the Free University of Berlin. To investigate the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, Prof. Adlkofer organized and coordinated the EU-funded research project REFLEX between 1999 and 2004. [2]

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  1. Donald K. Hoel Joint Meeting on ETS- London Meeting Minutes. July 15, 1988. 14 pp. "Privileged and confidential attorney work product." Philip Morris Bates No. 2021548222/8235
  2. International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety Biosketch of Franz Adlkofer , accessed July 15, 2009