Why is it that so many militant smokers know just that much of the quote and never give it the context? It was clearly something said as self-effacing humor, and I believe it was part of a speech to a convention of like-minded people, wasn't it? I don't recall, personally, how he finished the sentence. Hang on a sec, I'll google it and see if I can find something useful or if I get swamped by all the vindictive partial quotes from smokers.<quoted text>
Well, Mr. Reynolds has plenty of company within the anti-smoker movement. Stanton Glantz commented, ""The main thing the science has done on the issue of ETS, in addition to help people like me pay mortgages" and the infamous John Banzhaf
Still there? Okay. Well, I didn't find anything direct. The best I could find was an article mentioning a reference in a book by a militant smoker.
It seems the real gist of the sentence is that the science has made it acceptable for the people who were having problems with secondhand smoke to speak their minds and demand that something be done. "Legitimizing" their concern is apparently how he phrased it.
Strange that you folk almost always get all indignant about the comic relief he built into his statement. All that does is make you seem devoid of any sense of humor on top of deceitful.