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Here is one of your very interesting posts Peter. Rescued from the memory hole by some kind friends who emailed it to me. :smokin::bandit:

http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/dd/dd.html

[if you go to the url above the document summaries below have links to the originals]


Ann Landman's Daily Documents
Anne Landman's Secret Document emails at Smokescreen. Unformatted, but you can reach older items here.
Anne Landman's Tobacco Document Discoveries Excellent presentations of Anne's earlier "secret" documents.

01/03/12 'Sue the bastards!' (EPA) PM, 1993
This memo from Thomas Humber of the giant PR firm Burson-Marstellar (B-M) to Ellen Merlo of Philip Morris (PM) Corporate Affairs signals the start of PM's war against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after EPA pronounced secondhand smoke a group A carcinogen. Humber emphasizes how PM needs to discredit the EPA, portray the agency as corrupt, encourage other businesses to oppose EPA, and cast EPA as an agency under siege. Humber tells Merlo PM needs to sue EPA ("Sue the bastards!") as a way to help the industry regain credibility, encourage other companies to fight EPA, and "delay or cloud" other legal actions against the company . . . The memo reveals the awesome power that major public relations firms wield in defining issues and shaping the American political landscape. Humber boasts how, using front groups "Citizens for a Sound Economy" and the "Institute for Regulatory Policy," B-M arranged a symposium where the keynote speaker was the vice-president of the U.S., then assured that the media coverage generated by the event was dominated by the corporate message of "overregulation." Humber also points out that PM could find allies in ventilation businesses, since they stand to profit from PM's stance that ventilation is the solution to problems caused by secondhand smoke (not smoking bans).

HVAC/IAQ Business and Groups: We have also previously outlined a potential approach to those businesses and groups whose economic interests would be furthered by the adoption of policies and regulations centered on total IAQ solutions rather than source control
01/02/28 BAT: 'We really need something for people to die of.' BAT, Nov 20, 1978
This document, from British American Tobacco [Campbell Johnson LTD], discusses how the industry should handle the increasing onslaught of anti-smoking sentiment worldwide, and suggests that the tobacco industry should band together to respond to these threats uniformly:
The industry's response needs, in consequence, to have many facets, but to be balanced and co-ordinated, and, above all, to be unanimous....
One chilling passage mentions the "social cost" issue, and offers an argument in favor of smoking that the industry acknowledges it could never use publicly :
...with a general lengthening of the expectation of life we really need something for people to die of. In substitution for the effects of war, poverty and starvation, cancer, as the disease of the rich, developed countries, may have some predestined part to play. The argument is obviously not one that the tobacco industry could use publicly. But its weight, as a psychological factor in perpetuating people's taste for smoking as an enjoyable if risky habit, should not be under-estimated...
The document also discusses threats that other drugs, like marijuana, pose to the industry.

01/02/26 Smoking Deaths Save Money BAT, Sep 1, 1994
The following article saying that smoking deaths save governments money was published in the Canadian Newspaper, the Ottowa Citizen, in September 1994. A copy of the report on which this article is based (by economist Jean Pierre Vidal) can be found at: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/batco/...s/allpages.html (http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/batco/html/2200/2269/otherpages/allpages.html) A report commissioned by Imperial Tobacco says tobacco-related deaths are an economic advantage to Canadians because cigarettes kill people off before they become a burden to the health-Care system. Previously, the tobacco giant always denied any link between cigarettes and death.

01/02/22BAT: 'Competition from Cannabis, Glue Sniffing, Heroin'
This document, written by D.E. Creighton of the British American Tobacco Co, states that tobacco products could expect "competition from Cannabis, glue-sniffing and possibly hard drugs--heroin and cocaine," and immediately after that, "We must find a way to appeal to the young."
9. Additional contraints on delivery to include Cyanide, Acreolin, Acetaldehyde, Heavy Metals, Nitrosamies, Nitric Oxide and benzopyrene.10. Nicotine classified as a scheduled poison and sold "on prescription only" to registered users. . . High on the list of consumer needs is nicotine, which I believe to be the main motivator and sustainer of smoking behavior. . . high on the list of product requirements is an adequate level of nicotine to sustain the smoking habit. We have tried the low delivery product route with limited success. This might be because the nicotine in such products is below the pharmacological threshold of effectiveness. Smokers have dissappointed us in that they have chosen not to smoke twice as many 10mg cigarettes if they changed frm 20 mg products. Thus in order to reinforce the primary pleasures of smoking, I have proposed to make it easier for smokers to take what they want from a cigarette which might well have a low delivery when smoked by machine which overcomes current legal constraints to enhance the sensations from the first few puffs.

01/02/18 RJR: Seeking 'Replacement Smokers' RJR, Jan 1, 1989
This R.J. Reynolds document from 1989 refers to young people as "the only source of replacement smokers." It acknowledges the importance of young people to the future of tobacco industry profits. . . It also reveals that younger smokers are important to the industry's future growth because they both exhibit strong brand loyalty (as many smokers do) and because young people increase their smoking rates as they age:
The value of FUBYAS [first usual brand younger adult smokers] compounds over time due to extreme brand loyalty and rate per day increases. . . Rate per day increases 30% between ages 18 and 35.
This statement is particularly interesting in light of tobacco industry's long-time argument that cigarettes aren't addictive because smokers don't show tolerance for nicotine. Tolerance, or increasing the amount of a drug required for to achieve a "high," is a hallmark criteria defining substance addiction. The document also reveals RJR's admiration for the Jack Daniels Whiskey and Budweiser Beer ad campaigns, and considered them models for going after young people. They admired how Budweiser beer "went to work on younger adults," and noted that "the payoff was big." Clearly young people are corporate America's battleground, and especially so for the alcohol and nicotine industries. How many parents know that these corporations are drooling over young people this way? How can a line truly be drawn in an ad campaign between appealing to a sixteen year old and an 18 year old?

01/02/16 PM on the Narcotic Effect of Nicotine PM, May 24, 1972
People use cigarettes for the narcotic effect derived from the nicotine, according to this internal memo from the director of Philip Morris' consumer research department. It says:
A widely held theory holds that most people smoke for the narcotic effect (relaxing, sedative) that comes from the nicotine. The "taste" comes from the "tar" (particulate matter) delivery. Although more people talk about "taste," it is likely that greater numbers smoke for the narcotic value that comes from the nicotine.
Philip Morris' was also aware (long ago) of the link between nicotine use and marijuana use:
...This ties in with the information we have from focus group sessions and other sources that suggest that Kool is considered to be good for 'after marijuana' to maintain the 'high' or for mixing with marijuana, or 'instead.'

01/02/15 Potential Threats to Cigarettes BAT, Mar 19, 1976
In a fascinating discussion, this British-American Tobacco (BAT) document considers future product developments that may threaten sales of cigarettes.
Nearly ten years ago, a French paper ... discussed numerous plants which might replace tobacco. The only material which has received a lot of attention is marijuana... In the illicit use of marijuana, relatively large doses of the active principal are involved. If the use of such drugs was legalised, one avenue for exploitation would be the augmentation of cigarettes with near sub-liminal levels of the drug.
BAT also noted that the link between smoking and disease has not deterred most people from smoking. More of a threat to sales than the spectre of disease, they say, is the "increasing tendency to portray smoking as socially undesirable." To combat this threat, they speculate that public relations will be more effective than science:
... Taking a long-term view, there is a danger in the current trend of lower and lower cigarette deliveries - i.e. the smoker will be weaned away from the habit....if the nicotine delivery is reduced below a threshold 'satisfaction' level, then surely smokers will question more readily why they are indulging in an expensive habit.
But most chilling is the notion that they would be threatened if people could find an effective way to control their own brain activity without benefit of drugs:
...smoking (largely via nicotine) may assist people to control the level of activity in the brain to a desired level. Other means of such control represent, therefore, a rival to the cigarette. There is an increasing amount of evidence ... that subjects can control their levels of brain activity, without recourse to drugs, if they are given information on the level of brain activity (biofeedback)....such techniques might be used by anti-smoking clinics.
And last but not least is a statement both acknowledging smoke toxicity and speculating that the company could benefit because it presents them with opportunities for "cigarette designs which offer the image of 'health reassurance.' " :
...Looking further down the road, the possibility exists that, as inhalation tests are developed and accepted, then filters might offer a selective means of controlling smoke toxicity...Well before that date, however, opportunities exist for filter and cigarette designs which offer the image of "health re-assurance."...

01/02/14 Targeting Cigarettes at African Americans RJR, Dec 2, 1977
This R.J. Reynolds document shows that RJR had an interest in targeting African Americans for their products. Here a marketing specialist recommends that RJR consider designing a cigarette just for this ethnic group:
RJR's business among Blacks is underdeveloped.... Further, given their strong preference for menthol flavor, we probably need to devote more attention to Blacks than before in the development of our marketing plans...In fact, I even feel that a project designed to develop a cigarette for Blacks may be a viable business proposition.
The marketing company also noted that the incidence of smoking was dropping among caucasians but not among African-Americans, their interpretation of this being that it was a good thing, since it assured the industry of a solid cigarette market among African Americans.

01/02/13 Philip Morris ETS Strategy, 1990 PM, May 7, 1990
This environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) strategy document by Philip Morris' public relations firm Burson Marsteller reveals how Philip Morris and its PR flack perceived the ETS issue and how they developed "accommodation" as a strategy to deflect it in the 1990s. There are many pivotal lessons for advocates in this document, specifically that 1) the "...social acceptability [of smoking] is ultimately the bedrock upon which the industry's survival depends," thus accellerating the increase in the social unacceptability of smoking will help diminish the industry's future, 2) As long as we fight the tobacco industry on the issue of health--and not allow the industry to co-opt it into an argument of "free choice" or "rights of smokers" we will win, as per the following quote:
Equally, [these figures] reveal the source of the power of the anti-smokers as long as they can fight the cigarette wars on a battlefield of health....The industry stands somewhat flat-footed in response since it questions the fundamental promise (ie the existence of the health problem) -- a stance which puts it in conflict with the weight of public opinion.
...the annoyance issue is more than a health concern...The annoyance issue is as dangerous and perhaps even more dangerous than misperceptions of the health impacts of ETS. If government officials, business managers or restaurant owners feel that they want to ban smoking for health reasons, the scientific data can be mustered to show that such a ban serves no health purpose. But, as has been discovered in the battle for airline smoking, as long as the decision-maker can fall back on a "comfort" or "customer preference" argument, it doesn't matter what the science says. It becomes a question of social harmony and good customer relations...
5) We should expose Philip Morris' "accommodation" program as a strategy the tobacco industry designed purely to benefit itself, not smokers, as per the following quote:
Accommodation must be perceived to be for smokers, not for the tobacco industry. If smokers are not visible carriers of the accommodation message, it will lack credibility...
There are many more lessons to be learned from this document.

01/02/12 Marlboro Man: Losing his Cool? PM, Mar 2, 1992
Joe Camel had the Marlboro Man worried. After all, the Camel was young, hip, urban, cool,phallic-looking and had no work ethic. The Marlboro Man on the other hand, was tough, severe, serious, rural, older, and delayed his gratification. Joe was selling lots of cigarettes to young people. In the tobacco industry's war to win the hearts of impressionable, rebellious young people (who, according to this document, themselves had no work ethic) the Camel was winning. Thus, industry advertising experts recommended that Philip Morris re-make the Marlboro man into a looser, cooler guy. Have him smile and wave, they recommended, have him show his backside, appear in "Cosmo" magazine -- in short, make him less "Clint Eastwood" and more "Bruce Willis. . . Oh, and by the way, this document confirms that the Camel's nose was a phallic symbol.
WHY [THE CAMEL IS] EFFECTIVE WITH 18-24 SEGMENT:
Blatant sexuality without responsibility
Nose - phallic symbol
cigarette instrument of pleasure
women as sex objects
Identify with the rebelliousness of the Camel
Between child and fully responsible adult...
The Marlboro Man can have whomever he wants because he is at the top of the dominance hierarchy... ...Target those magazines (e.g., Playboy, Cosmopolitan) where he could be pictured with a woman... ...Show his backside and/or tipping his hat to a lady

01/02/10 Tax Increases, Teen Smoking and Beetles PM, Sep 3, 1987
This insightful Philip Morris (PM) memo discusses how the company should handle a significant excise tax increase on cigarettes. Of course the answer was to pass it on to customers, but the astonishing revelation is that PM executives knew fully well--in 1987 (and no doubt to this day)--that raising taxes on cigarettes (or a price increase in general) is a proven means of keeping teens from starting to smoke. This was something Philip Morris clearly considered a detriment (despite current PM rhetoric of not wanting kids to smoke):
Last time, of course, we increased prices five times between February of 1982 and January of 1983.....and this fact was not lost on consumers....the 1982-83 round of price increases caused two million adults to quit smoking and prevented 600,000 teenagers from starting to smoke. Those teenagers are now 18-21 years old, and since about 70 percent of 18-21 year olds and 35 percent of older smokers smoke a PM brand, this means that 700,000 of those adult quitters had been PM smokers and 420,000 of the non-starters would have been PM smokers. Thus, if Harris is right, we were hit disproportionately hard. We don't need to have that happen again.
This document also reveals that people are regularly smoking worm/beetle larvae in their cigarettes. The writer suggests that the company urge their smokers to stock up on cigarettes before the tax increase, but also that the company urge smokers to refrigerate their cigarette supply under the guise of "preserving their freshness." In reality, it's to keep beetles from emerging from the tobacco

01/02/9 Free-basing Nicotine: State of the Art RJR, Oct 2, 1973
Determined to find out why their brands were doing so poorly compared to the others, RJR chemically "deconstructed" Marlboro cigarettes with the aim of finding out just how they were different. RJR soon discovered that Philip Morris (PM) had made a "deliberate and controlled" chemical change in thesmoke of their cigarettes. PM was altering the smoke pH by adding ammonia to the tobacco, which made the smoke more alkaline.Why? Because in a more alkaline atmosphere, more of the nicotine "...occurs in 'free' form, which is volatile, rapidly absorbed by the smoker, and believed to be instantly perceived as nicotine 'kick'." Putting more of the drug into a vapor form that is rapidly taken up by thebody is known as "free-basing" a drug. This paper, marked "SECRET," discusses RJR's discovery of this sales-enhancing chemical change, and how they could mimic the freebasing technique that Philip Morris was using. Now, as the industry calls it, employing "ammonia technology" is state of the art in cigarette manufacturing. In essence, all cigarette companies now freebase nicotine, to give the user a faster, harder "kick" after lighting up. The industry calls it "increasing customer satisfaction." Others view it as markedly increasing the addictiveness of cigarettes.

01/02/08 RJR's Target: Less Educated People RJR, Apr 22, 1985
As the executive vice president of a marketing company writes to RJR:
I would like to extend our thanks to you and Jeff for your presentation on 'The Less Educated Smoker'....Clearly those people who attended college but have not graduated are the more meaningful target for us<
Also notice that the marketing executive plans to use information obtained from a "youth study" to help RJR market Camel cigarettes:
...we are currently using the learning from the Youth Study and shall be applying it to upcoming projects on Camel..

01/02/06 'Independent Scientists' Tout Substance Enjoyment Burson Marsteller, Sep 28 , 1993
In 1993 the joint global tobacco industry (through PR company Burson Marsteller) invented an "independent" group of "eminent" scientists, putting them forth as "apolitical" experts on the topic of how substance use enhances quality of life. Incredibly, they named the group "Associates for Research in Substance Enjoyment," or ARISE. ARISE held press conferences around the world at which they expressed their expert scientific opinion that substance use gives humans pleasure, thus enhances people's quality of life and health. Among the activities they listed as being beneficial were "eating food, chocolate, smoking, drinking tea, coffee and alcohol." The group did not mention that drinking tea and eating chocolate never killed anyone, but smoking has taken the lives of millions. . . ARISE held conferences around the world, released polls and sent video news releases to the media assuring the masses that substance use (including smoking) is pleasurable and harmless. . . Journalists ate the hook. In this January, 1997 Philip Morris memo, the writer bragged that,
Yolande de la Bigne, a well-known [French] journalist, covered the [ARISE Paris] conference...concluding that 'a piece of chocolate, a glass of wine, a good cigarette, you can go for it. Instead of being obsessed by health, everybody should be obsessed by pleasure which induces good health. Le Parisien also covered the conference in a lengthy feature entitled 'Pleasure is good medicine.'

01/02/05 'Youth Programs Could Reduce Sales...' TI, May 9, 1989
Here is yet another document describing the real reasons the industry has "youth programs."
This document is the result of a working session on advertising restrictions held on May 3, 1989. The recommendations were produced to address Strategy III of the Institute's public affairs plan on ad ban issues: . . .Concern: There is some risk that efforts to discourage youth smoking could decrease tobacco sales, both immediately and over the long term. This is true. However, the group agreed that, in the absence of credible industry efforts to address the youth smoking issue, various types of potential legislative and regulatory action would have a much more serious impact upon tobacco sales.
Thus the tobacco industry opted for the lesser of two evils, adopting "youth programs" being the lesser. Here industry representatives describe being forced into having "youth programs":
The youth smoking issue puts the industry in a 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' situation. Even the most sincere industry efforts cannot be expected to sway anti-smoking hard-liners, who will merely suspect that the campaign has ulterior motives. However, the potential 'damned if you don't' ramifications are serious enough to warrant actions.
According to the industry, the goals for their "youth programs" are not to reduce the number of children who become addicted to a deadly product, but rather to:
Provide ammunition to tobacco allies (legislators and others) to oppose unfair restrictions, Enhance the industry's overall ability to gain and maintain allies, Weaken a key argument of tobacco foes.

01/02/04 Job Openings at PM? PM, Jul 1, 1990
Philip Morris admires the ingenuity ofpeople in the anti-tobacco movement and would like to hire them when they get bored with the movement, according to this speech...
This may surprise you, but I would like to conclude these remarks by expressing my respect and admiration for the leaders of the anti-tobacco movement, or at least for those in the background who plot their aggressive strategy. In our business we look for people who succeed in developing new products which capture the imagination of the public. We never cease to be amazed with the ability of the anti-tobacco activists to come up with something new. No sooner does common sense destroy one of their assertions, than they are into another line of argument...

We could certainly use such ingenuity at Philip Morris and let me say here and now, we would be glad to receive the resums of members of the anto-tobacco movement after they become bored with the cigarette and health controversy. Who knows? If they still have a problem with Merit or Parliament, perhaps we could give them a go with Crystal Light or Miracle Whip.

01/01/30 Lorillard, Jan, 1975: Smoking: Self-treatment for Aggression?
The tobacco industry took note of a number of studies that showed that nicotine reduces aggressive behavior in humans and animals. Hardly daring to consider the notion that their industry could be contributing to society by reducing crime and aggression in the general population, the writer speculates about this "benefit" of cigarettes:
No one would be so imprudent as to confer some beneficent role upon the cigarette industry in reducing crime or in quieting the raging beast in man, but the persistence with which the suggestion on an inverse relationship between smoking and aggression has laced the literature is such as to call for a concerted examination of the facts.
The paper calls for a conference to discuss nicotine's role in the reduction of aggression.

01/02/02 PM, Feb 23, 1982: Admissions of a PM Scientist
Jim Charles, Ph.D., a veteran scientist with PM's Research and Development department, frets about the landlside of public and private experts who are starting to link cigarettes with multiple organ cancers and other diseases. . .
This company is in trouble. The cigarette industry is in trouble....The anti-smoking forces are out to bury us... Their goal is to destroy the industry and any means to that end is justified (in their opinion)....

The Surgeon General's press conference was disturbing. For the first time associations between cancers other than the lung and cigarette smoking are being made in an emphatic manner. Associating cigarette smoking with 30% of all cancer deaths should make someone sit up and take notice...

Let's face the facts:

1. Cigarette smoke is biologically active.

A. Nicotine is a potent pharmacological agent. Every toxicologist, physiologist, medical doctor and most chemists know that. It is not a secret.

B. Cigarette smoke condensate applied to the backs of mice causes tumors.

C. Hydrogen cyanide is a potent inhibitor of cytochrome oxidase - a crucial enzyme in the energy metabolism of all cells.

D. Oxides of nitrogen are important in nitrosamine formation. Nitrosamines as a class are potent carcinogens.

E. Tobacco-specific nonvolatile nitrosamines are present in significant amounts in cigarette smoke.

F. Acreolin is a potent eye irritant and is very toxic to cells. Acreolin is in cigarette smoke.

G. Polonium-210 is present in cigarette smoke.

H. We know very little about the biological activity of sidestream smoke.

I. We do not know enough about the biological activity of additives which have been in use for a number of years.
Notice that while Charles at first says that the "scientific basis for the statements" about the effects of secondhand smoke on nonsmokers "is not sound," he admits at the same time that PM "knows very little about the biological activity of sidestream smoke." These confessions were written in 1982 by a top Philip Morris scientist, and were sent to the head of PM's Science and Technology Department. Yet despite this important admission from one of its most dedicated and stalwart scientists, PM continued to advertise and market cigarettes as though they were safe...

01/01/28 'Excellent Study, could be Very Damaging to Business.' PM, Mar 30, 1980: PM
[A]n important find. It demonstrates how the goal of Philip Morris' scientific affairs department was to find any means possible to dispute the findings of scientific papers that they determined "could be very damaging to our business," even if it was (as in this case) a paper that the department head himself admitted was "an excellent piece of work." The paper being reviewed here by Jim Charles of Philip Morris was by James R. White, Ph.D. and Herman Froeb, M.D. and shows that nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke suffer significant damage to the function of their small airways. The finding that bystanders were harmed by their products was of no concern to Charles, though. Rather, it is clear that his sole focus was on finding some way, no matter how small, to criticize and ultimately discredit the paper, and thus minimize the damage such an "excellent report" could cause the tobacco industry.
I have reviewed the above paper and find it to be an excellent piece of work which could be very damaging to our business. There are several things that can be done to minimize its impactNo matter who we find to rebut the paper, the ultimate response must be in the form of a legitimate criticism of the significance of the data to appear in the New England Journal of Medicine under the name of a recognized medical authority....Other than the above points I can find little to criticize. The authors have put together an excellent paper in my opinion"

01/01/26 Avoiding the Health Issue by Focusing on 'Corporate Responsbility' PM, Nov 23, 1988
In this 1988 Philip Morris (PM) document, Philip Morris Counsel Gary Long is instructing Charles Wall of PM on how to frame a speech to improve the company's public image while avoiding "the primary issue" . . Notice the out-and-out recommendation to dodge the smoking and health issue and focus instead solely on "corporate responsibility" and the "recognition of the continued necessity of research in the smoking and health area," even though PM already knows what smoking does to health:
Industry foes are concerned that Philip Morris may use this increasing economic power to attempt to downplay the public debate concerning smoking and health, by lobbying activity, by controlling internal smoking policies of its non-cigarette divisions, by its advertising decisions and by pressure on its suppliers. Perhaps the focus of the speech could be Philip Morris' recognition of the continued necessity for research in the smoking and health area as well as a statement that discussion on the issue is encouraged by the Company.
Today, PM's "foes" are still concerned with the same issues, particularly that PM is using its economic power to control the debate and pressure media not to carry anti-tobacco ads, and PM is still using the same dodging tactic of focusing on "corporate responsbility."

01/01/25 PM: Lung Disease Causes Smoking PM, May 29, 1974
In casting about for something else they could point to as the culprit that was causing lung disease in smokers, the tobacco industry came up with some interesting hypotheses. Their "carotene hypothesis" attempted to blame lung cancer on a high intake of dietary carotene. Another view, promoted for some time, was the "Constitutional Hypothesis" which claimed that a genetic defect caused some human beings to "have difficulty adapting to the problems of existence." Thus they claimed that smoking was a substitute for people's normal coping mechanisms (that is, in some lesser strain of people who suffered from being particularly inadaptable):
Smoking, then, would result not directly from a genetic predisposition, but as a response to the frustrations (flunking tests in school, etc.) which these relatively unadaptable people experience."
But one of the most bizarre was the "Reverse Hypothesis," in which Philip Morris scientists tried to substantiate the claim that lung disease was a cause of smoking.

01/01/24 RJR on 'Pre-smokers' and 'Learners' RJR, Feb 2, 1973
Here is one of the absolute worst documents revealing the tobacco industry's marketing to youngsters . . . Claude Teague of RJR's research department muses about how to attract "pre-smokers" or "learners" to smoking in a marketplace where the cannot do so overtly:
It should be said that we are presently, and I believe unfairly, constrained from directly promoting cigarettes to the youth market... Realistically, if our Company is to survive and prosper, over the long term, we must get our share of the youth market. In my opinion, this will require new brands tailored to the youth market...

Pre-smokers learn to smoke to identify with and participate in shared experiences of a group of associates. If the majority of one's closest associates smoke cigarettes, then there is strong psychological pressure, particularly on the young person, to identify with the group, follow the crowd...This provides a large incentive to begin smoking...Thus a new brand aimed at the young smoker must somehow become the 'in' brand and its promotion should emphasize togetherness, belonging and group acceptance, while at the same time emphasizing individuality and 'doing one's own thing.'

C. Self-Image Enhancement - The fragile, developing self-image of the young person needs all of the support and enhancement it can get. Smoking may appear to enhance that self-image in a variety of ways. If one values, for example, an adventurous, sophisticated, adult image, smoking may enhance one's self-image....
And finally, RJR gives us a dismal reminder at how health education, and even warning labels, can serve to actually drive youngsters TOWARDS smoking:
The smoking-health controversy does not appear important to the group because, psychologically, at eighteen, one is immortal. Further, if the desire to be daring is part of the motivation to start smoking, the alleged risk of smoking may actually make smoking attractive. Finally, if the 'older' establishment is preaching against smoking, the anti-establishment sentiment discussed above would cause the young to be defiant and smoke. Thus, a new brand aimed at the young group should not in any way be promoted as a "health" brand, and perhaps should carry some implied risk. In this sense, the warning label on the package may be a plus.
While this may be an older document, the basic premises survive. We can be certain that the industry still remembers such advice from their experts, for they know (as we do) that if young people aren't attracted to smoking, there won't be any smokers!

01/01/23 M: 'Up from the Bombshelter'
These are the astounding musings of an "industry friendly" attorney who is is trying to convince members of the industry that they need to take decisive action to combat the ever-growing anti-smoking forces. To do this, he proposes that the industry take up arguments common to property rights and expression rights, and says that these concepts can be "succesfully engrafted" onto current law.
Beyond tobacco farmers, industry workers, and those in allied wholesale, retail, and related groups, tobacco lacks a highly motivated constituency. Many former smokers (and those who want to quit) look forward to prohibition. They bolster their resolve by Alcoholics-Anonymous-like "altruistic" anti-smoking involvement....

01/01/19 PM, Jun 15, 1988: A Voice of Honesty within the Industry
This document reveals a pivotal moment in 1988 when members of the global tobacco industry came together to talk about the difficulties they faced regarding the issue of envirnmental tobacco smoke (ETS). . . These are privileged and confidential minutes of a joint industry meeting held in London in 1988. Representatives of the European, Japanese, Canadian, the American and United Kingdom tobacco companies were present. . .Of particular interest are the statements of German cigarette industry scientist, Dr Adlkofer, who questioned the industry's creation of it's own "marketable science." In a stunning departure from typical industry plotting, Dr. Adlkofer stated his view that what the industry was really seeking was "good public relations material, not good science." Dr. Adlkofer further said that "real science" would be "essential if the industry was to prevail on the ETS issue." . . Dr. Adlkofer "refused to endorse a situation in which scientific research is guided by public relations needs." . . He urged the industry instead to concentrate on identifying a threshold level for risk of ETS exposure. . . Dr. Boyce of British American Tobacco (BAT) said that the "no threshold" argument would "automatically indict active smoking." Thomas Osdene of Philip Morris suggested that "a threshold level could be set, but that the threshold not be quantified." Another attendee, Mr. Westcott, said that setting such a limit would be "dangerous" because it would provide "a priori proof of causation for anti-smoking advocates,and would "indict active smoking." John Rupp, of the U.S. tobacco industry's law firm Covington and Burling, further went on to say that "the industry should continue to emphasize the lack of substantive proof of causation." To this Adlkofer responded,
Science cannot propel the industry any further on the ETS issue unless it is able to say that not one person has died from exposure to ETS.
There was nothing further added in discussion of this landmark statement. . . The rest of the document is full of descriptions of the industry's existing path of global deceit on the ETS issue. . . This entire document is worth a read.

01/01/18 Fire Safe Cigarette Would Cut into Profits PM, 1992
For many years, advocates have been lobbying for laws that would require the tobacco industry to make cigarettes that go out when left unattended. It has taken decades for the industry to come up with such a product. Why did it take the industry so long? Because such a product would cost the industry money, according to this Philip Morris document.Tactics taken by the industry to avoid producing a fire-safe cigarette included a massive plan to befriend the fire-service community across the United States by giving grants to hundreds of local fire departments across the nation. This was known as "inoculating hostiles" (the Fire Service was deemed a huge potential enemy to the industry on this issue). Another tactic taken was the production "fire safety" programs and materials aimed at convincing the public at large that is was their responsibility, not the smoker's, to be vigilant and protect people against the fire dangers that smokers caused.
Efforts by anti-smoking groups to mandate a "fire safe" cigarette could destroy the competitiveness of leading brands and increase the cost of manufacturing cigarettes. . . During the plan period, PM-USA will expand coalitions among the fire prevention community and public policy makers to diffuse support of "fire safe" cigarette legislation at the state and federal level as well as build public awareness of fire safety and prevention.

01/01/16 More on Cigarette Contaminants PM, Jul 20, 1994
Following are some ofthecontaminants in cigarettes that were listed as the sources of customer complaints in just two Philip Morris company documents: Insects ("insect infestation"), The tear tape found at a murder scene, Varnish, "Adhesive-like materials", Ink solvents, "Insect damage", Machine lubricating oils (lubricants that are used in cigarette manufacturing facilities--apparently up to 100 types of lubricants are used) , Pieces of rubber from assembly belts, Blood, Metal powder, Rubber bands, Matchheads, Pieces of wire (consistent with paper clip components), Explosive loads, Glass fibers, Mold

01/01/12 Washington Legal Foundation & Tommy Thompson WLF, May, 1998
In 1994, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (incoming president Bush's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the tobacco control functions of federal government) joined the policy advisory board of an organization called the Washington Legal Foundation, or WLF. WLF receives funding from the Philip Morris tobacco company (PM) and in turn WLF defends PM on its issues. In 1998, the WLF ran this extremely inflammatory, pro-tobacco advertisement in several large papers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the National Journal, the CongressDaily AM, and others. Easily recongizeable in the article are many of the tobacco industry's arguments (freedom of speech, the Bill of Rights, "slippery slope" arguments about enacting "prohibition" as well as emotion-laden phrases like "anti-tobacco zealots"). . . the WLF has also repeatedly sued government agencies that oversee public health functions, like the Food and Drug Administration and the Enivronmental Protection Agency, who they sued over workplace smoking policies. Thompson's close linkage with WLF, an organization which has long proven itself powerfully hostile to tobacco control and which clearly opposes public health measures, should be strongly questioned by senators scrutinizing Thompson as a possible head of agencies overseeing tobacco control efforts in the U.S.. . .
Let me see if I've got the most recent version of this game straight. Anti-smoking zealots in government seek to simultaneously single out and punish the demonized tobacco industry while continuing to collect billions of dollars in tax revenues from tobacco sales, as they have for decades. . . --The Washington Legal Foundation --'effective advocate of free enterprise'

01/01/10 There's 40% Less Tobacco in a Modern Cigarette Lorillard, May 4, 1983
ln 1940, a commercial cigarette contained 1300 milligrams (mg) of tobacco by weight, and by the 1980s it contained only 750 mg of tobacco. The author states,
Thus, a cigarette of the 1980's would contain about 40% less tobacco... than its counterpart of 40 years ago.
Apparently, early in the 1900s, cigarette makers used just the upper one-fourth of the tobacco leaf. Over the years, though, mechanical threshing created increased waste, and labor costs kept increasing. Eventually, the industry found ways to make use of parts of the tobacco plant that were never initially intended for use, like stems. They developed ways to incorporate stems by making fillers like reconstituted and "puffed" tobacco (puffed tobacco is treated with a gas to expand it). In the long run, these cost-saving measures, combined with the use of additives, have decreased the amount of actual tobacco in a cigarette by fully 40%.

01/01/08 Tobacco Industry Zealotry TI, Dec 11, 1979
When tobacco industry representatives use their time-worn strategy of portraying members of the anti-tobacco movement as nothing more than a bunch of shrill, over-emotional zealots, pull out this wild speech by Horace Kornegay of the Tobacco Institute. Kornegay gave this speech to theTobacco and Allied Industries Division of the American Jewish Community on December 11, 1979. In the speech, Kornegay ingratiatingly likens attacks on the tobacco industry to the repression experienced by Jews, and likens the tobacco industry's struggle for survival to Jewish historical efforts to
combat] bigotry and [protect] civil rights...
He repeatedly invokes passages from "the Jewish Bible." Kornegay refers to federal health advocate Joseph Califano "Ayatollah Califano" and compares anti-tobacco supporters to axe-murderers . . . Kornegay goes on to make "dire" predictions that smoking will eventually be banned on airlines, in Federal buildings, and that the industry would (*gasp!*) have to place tar and nicotine numbers on the packages, and strengthen the health warnings, predicting that these measures will cause the industry great harm. Then, ironically, he goes on to make what we now consider to be a very strong case in favor of policies to eliminate public smoking:
Consider this: If the pressure of anti-smoking laws and regulation succeeds in stopping each American smoker from lighting up just one cigarette each day, the annual consequences are devastating: Cigarette consumption would drop by more than 18 billion units. Personal spending for cigarettes would decline by more than half a billion dollars.

01/01/05 Philip Morris Around the Globe PM, Dec 17, 1986
Written by Philip Morris' Andrew Whist, (who, incidentally, according to telephone records, maintains contact with Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson . . ) this document reads like a brag sheet:
The government in Hong Kong responded to Philip Morris pressure by narrowing the differential between duties on imported leaf and finished cigarettes...significantly benefiting Philip Morris... In South Australia, Philip Morris significantly watered down an anti-smoking tobacco products control bill... In Venezuela, we were successful in stopping a detrimental, self-regulating advertising code... Our work in Senegal resulted in a new advertising decree which reversed a total advertising ban.
This report reveals the sheer scope of global activity by Philip Morris (PM), but perhaps more importantly it also reveals the powerless state of governments before this corporate behemoth, as PM goes about restructuring countries' tax systems, repealing laws it doesn't like and blocking legislation pushed by citizenry. We can only ask ourselves how much progress would have been made around the world in reducing the spread of tobacco-related disease had Philip Morris put humanity above its own profits, and refrained from pouring so much of its resources into stopping, delaying and watering down health measures in every corner of the globe.

01/01/04 RJR's Project YAX: Well-being in a Cigarette RJR, 1983
This R.J. Reynolds document shows the psychological scrutiny that tobacco marketing departments give the psychological needs of young adults . . .
A brand that stands for serenity via tranquil/majestic settings will be perceived by younger adult smokers as contributing to their sense of well-being....A brand that stands for the joy, closeness, and sense of belonging of male/female relationships via intimate and/or romantic situations will be perceived by younger adult smokers as contributing to their sense of well-being....A brand that stands for the openness and sense of belonging of friendships via close, interpersonal situations will be perceived by younger adult smokers as contributing to their sense of well-being...A brand that stands for financial security via achievable wealth-oriented imagery will be perceived by younger adults as contributing to their sense of well-being...
So we see that RJR strove to encourage young adults to derive a sense of well-being, joy, closeness and serenity...from cigarettes -- a product which would ultimately addict and kill them.

01/01/03 Tommy Thompson & Philip Morris PM, Sep 28, 1993
The incoming president of the United States, George W. Bush, has nominated Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson to head the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the agency which oversees many governmental health agencies that are responsible for tobacco control activities. Governor Tommy Thompson has close ties to thePhilip Morris Tobacco Company (PM). So close, in fact, that PM has actually been directly involved in raising funds for Mr. Thompson, as reflected in the following passage from a 1994 internal Philip Morris strategy document:
In 1993, raised money for: . . Governor Tommy Thompson of WI
The document also identifies that detriment to PM profits is the major justification for PM's continuing to fight measures to restrict public smoking,
Smoking restrictions have been estimated this year alone to have decreased PM profits by $40 million...
Furthermore, a quote shows us that PM curries favor with legislators by targeting its corporate grants to areas of "special interest to key elected officials." It also shows us how PMopportunistically creates public relations value for itself from natural disasters by ceremoniously presenting state governors with checks for disaster relief:
Expand involvement of Corporate in making grants to public policy organizations and continue identifying grants that are special interest to key elected officials. Also take advantage of Disaster Relief Budget to involve governors in check presentations.
A separate item (a letter) shows that Governor Thompson attended a PM Board of Directors dinner in 1992, and while there assured PM CEO (Michael Miles) that he would have direct access to the Governor for "items of mutual interest"

00/12/30 Obituary Cig Ad Placement a Bad Idea
Giant cigarette manufacturers who insist on running newspaper ads to promote deadly products have to be extra picky about where ads get placed. It's a real bummer, for example, if your ads get placed next to the obituaries in the newspaper, as happened here to Philip Morris (ironically, over and over).
We have numerous complaints regarding Marlboro insertions that ran in your newspapers. The following details those problems: Paper Date Brand Problems
Harrisonburg New-Record, VA 10/16/84 Marlboro Lights Ad ran opposite obituaries
San Angelo Standard, TX 10/23/84 Marlboro Red Ad ran opposite obituaries
Norwich Sun NY 10/23/84 Marlboro Red Ad ran opposite obituaries
Stuttgart Daily Leader, AK 10/30/84 Marlboro Lights Ad ran backed by anti-smoking editorial...
Athens Daily Post, TN 10/23/84 Marlboro Red Ad backed by American Cancer Society ad...


00/12/28 Industry's "Youth Programs" Help Avoid Regulation TI?, Jun 10, 1985
As we have already seen, the tobacco industry's "youth programs" help the industry deflect effective tobacco control legislation, regulation and increases in tobacco taxes. Such "kids don't smoke" programs also give the industry an aura of "self-regulation" which helps curry favor with, and give political cover to legislators who serve and protect the industry from regulation. This document is essentially the transcript of a talk given by a member of the Tobacco Institute. In the talk, he is bragging about how about how the Tobacco Institute's "Helping Youth Decide" was used to help the industry avoid just such regulation:
Our representatives in New Hampshire and Maryland...used program to help head off sampling and transportation ad bans in those states respectively ... In Wisconsin, TI's Responsible Living Program was used a couple of weeks ago ... to avoid attachment of a sampling ban to a measure establishing an 18-year minimum cigarette sales age. In California ... In California, TI's Anne Browder testified, 'Helping Youth Decide' [helped] our people defeat half-cent cigarette tax increase earmarked for anti-smoking 'education' in the schools...

00/12/26 Raising Taxes Promotes Quitting, Reduces Consumption PM, Jan 12, 1990
According to Philip Morris' surveillance in California after the 1989 cigarette tax increase, raising cigarette taxes is an extremely effective way to reduce overall cigarette consumption and promote quitting. Here's what PM found:
Effective January 1, 1989, the California cigarette tax rate was increased from 10 cents per pack to 35 cents...Relative to smokers in other states, Californians reduced their cigarette consumption [and] increased their quit rates... Californians smoked fewer cigarettes per day in 1988 than others in the rest of the country and even fewer in 1989 than 1988. The difference in their consumption rates between the years is almost three times as large as the difference for the rest of the sample...Californians also quit smoking more frequently than those in the rest of the country.
So, both pro-smoking and anti-smoking forces agree that raising taxes on cigarettes is a highly effective way to promote public health--and it produces revenue for the government (or for more anti-smoking programs) to boot. This data should go a long ways towards encouraging more states to raise cigarette taxes.

00/12/25 Spinning the Info on Secondhand Smoke PM, May 26, 1987
By the 1980s, there was no longer any serious scientific doubt that exposure to secondhand smoke was detrimental to human beings. . . PM's "strictly confidential" words, previously unseen by the public, provide a stark outline of the company's frightening underlying global agenda against public health. . .
End Goals:
Resist smoking restrictions
Restore smoker confidence
Prerequisites:
Reverse scientific and popular opinion
Restore social acceptability of smoking
Preserve product liability defences.
Part of PM's routine strategy to fool the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke was to create its own independent "third party" allies who would act as "independent experts," and "spin" the issue its way in public testimony and the media. PM's intent to deceive the public is clearly revealed in this document, which says (of ACVA Atlantic, PM's "third party ventilation expert"):
ACVA must be perceived to be at arm's length from the industry, including media briefings. Its role at most should seem as yet another third party expert amongst others.
PM has never come clean about techniques like this that they have used to fool the public, nor have they publicly apologized for the damage they have done to public health by using such deceit. And yet in innumerable television and magazine ads today PM is casting itself as a socially responsible company. It was recently suggested that if PM truly wanted to be a socially responsible company, their ads would show PM employees hauling free oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen tanks, free nasal cannulas and tracheostomy supplies to the millions of sickened and homebound victims of their products.

00/12/24 Tobacco Industry says Bans are Most Effective TI
According to the Tobacco Institute itself, by far the most effective means of reducing cigarette consumption is to enact public and workplace smoking restrictions. In addition, the industry reports that in the absence of its own invasive social and cultural interference, overwhelming popular support exists for smoking restrictions in both eating and workplaces. . .
Our 1984 Roper survey found increasing support for separate sections for smokers in public places, especially in eating and work places. A decade ago, about half the public favored separate smoking and nonsmoking sections in restaurants. Today, 90 percent do.
Furthermore, the industry describes with hard numbers the extreme effectiveness of workplace smoking bans, saying that even the mildest smoking restrictions have a profound effect on the country's overall cigarette consumption rate:
Those who say they work under restrictions smoked about one-and-one-quarter fewer cigarettes each day than those who don't. That may sound light but remember we're talking about light restrictions, too. Those 220 people in our survey who work under smoking restrictions represent some 15 million Americans. That one-and-one-quarter per day cigarette reduction then, means nearly 7 billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year because of workplace smoking restrictions... That's 350 million packs of cigarettes. At a dollar a pack, even the lightest of workplace smoking restrictions is costing this industry 233 million dollars a year in revenue.
Thus there should no longer be disagreement in any sector about which measures are most effective in decreasing tobacco consumption across the board: public and workplace smoking bans.

00/12/13 Philip Morris: Discreetly Threatening, and Worse PM, Feb, 1992
This document summarizes the goals and activities of Philip Morris' European Science and Technology Unit in 1992.
Demonstrate to lawmakers that, under the changed economic climate, the pursuit of outdated socioeconomic policies could easily become politically suicidal...Discreetly assist Third World countries in denouncing WHO's misleading anti-tobacco campaigns and in demanding discontinuation of these campaigns, in view of the potential damage they may otherwise cause to Third World economies and welfare.
And even as recently as 1992, Philip Morris is shown here as bucking the common knowledge that tobacco use is bad for you, saying that one of their goals was to:
Remove the 'moral' base of anti-tobacco legislative efforts by exposing the fallacious nature of most anti-tobacco allegations.
For any who may be left who believe Philip Morris' current, far-reaching platitudes that "we've changed," the following passages reveals with crystal clarity the real reason WHY Philip Morris is trying so desperately to appear socially conscious: to taint juries who may serve in future trials against them:
The Creation and Cultivation of Goodwill for Philip Morris - (This is not a "motherhood" objective). Goodwill is essential for succeeding in crucial situations, such as litigations (need for friendly witnesses and a good image of the Company), submissions to legislators (development of mutual trust with the bosses and sympathy of the staff), public debate (again trust and mutual respect). . .
The creation of IAI, an independent international association on indoor air quality was discreetly solicited by S&T and put into effect by key ARIA members (ARIA is an association of our consultants. The name stands for Associates for Research on Indoor Air).

00/12/11 Beneficial Additives: Medicating the Masses? PM, Mar 19, 1981
In this Philip Morris document, Beneficial Additive Cigarette, scientists glibly and easily kick around the idea of medicating the general public for dental caries, reducing anxiety, cold symptoms, improving moods, etc. through cigarettes. Their frequent references to how careful they must be not to trigger FDA regulation makes one realize how important the FDA's "interference" is in protecting people from physical and chemical tinkering at the hands of the tobacco industry's "shade-tree pharmacists." . .
Cigarettes delivering therapeutic agents, physiological effects, mood changes, or reducing dental caries, anxiety, colds, etc. received much discussion. Although cigarette filler is a relatively poor delivery device, tipping paper can be coated and the agents may be delivered orally. The questions of potential FDA jurisdiction and PM's inability to advertise these benefits was raised.
Notice how ideas like introducing compounds into cigarettes that reduce oral plaque, freshen breath and reduce odors are considered good, while Idea #20, brushes off the obvious:
Additives to reduce biological acitvity are not considered worth pursing at this time....The idea might be worth pursuing when we have identified specific compounds responsible for activity.

00/12/07 Menthol and Nicotine 'Impact' PM, Mar 29, 1995
A number of documents (including this one, which relates results of a study done at Philip Morris' overseas lab for biological studies, INBIFO ) reveal that menthol enhances the sensory, or drug effect, of nicotine.
It was found that menthol increased 'impact' for the low nicotine delivery cigarette...as a function of the menthol content. . . It was concluded that menthol has a pronounced effect on nicotine-derived 'impact.'
The term "impact" when used in industry documents is frequently offset in quotes. In position papers, Philip Morris' official definition of the term "impact" is a "feeling sensation rather than odor or taste." They further compare it to the carbonation in soda pop or the spicy heat in chili peppers. People who have worked inside the industry, though, tell us that "impact" refers to the drug effect of a substance, particularly nicotine. In reading large numbers of documents, it is interesting to see that Philip Morris performed many (and what appears to be the majority) of its human biological studies internally on their own R&D (Research and Development Department) employees. What could have been the reason that PM avoided using outside subjects? What could have been the effect on the employees?

00/12/05 Control of 'Grasstops' Government PM, Mar 30, 1993
This 1993 document, Grasstops Government Relations, is a basic but very thorough description of the strategies Philip Morris (PM) uses to achieve such powerful influence over legislation in the U.S. PM has analyzed virtually every part of a legislator's world, and misses no opportunity to exert influence, even to the point of currying favor with a legislators' spouses:
We also make sure that we know the legislator's -- and his or her spouses -- favorite philanthropies and try to support them. . . We make sure legislators are aware of, and invited to, promotional and cultural events funded by Philip Morris. . . [W]e try to keep Philip Morris out of the media on issues like taxation, smoking bans and marketing restrictions. Instead, we try to provide the media with statements in support of our positions from third party sources, which carry more credibility than our company and have no apparent vested interest...we create coalitions of third party sources to help carry our baggage on issues. For example, on excise taxes, we work with state and local CARTS, the acronym for Committee Against Regressive Taxation...restaurant owners on smoking bans...retailers on the minimum age issue...and influential groups like the Association of National Advertisers on marketing restrictions. ..Finally, we try to change the focus on the issues. Cigarette tax become[s] an issue of fairness and effective tax policy. Cigarette marketing is an issue of freedom of commercial speech. Environmental tobacco smoke becomes an issue of accommodation. Cigarette-related fires become an issue of prudent fire safety programs. And so on.
[T]he long-term failure of American legislatures to enact meaningful tobacco control in the face of recognition of the current epidemic of tobacco-induced disease is testimony to the astonishing effectiveness of this one company in controlling the machinations of governments.

00/12/01 Total Ban on Advertising? No Big Deal PM, Apr, 1986
As this document demonstrates, whatever laws they may choose to enact, governments are powerless to reign in the disease-spreading activities of Philip Morris, which laughs at advertising bans, viewing them as opportunities that lead them to new and more pervasive marketing ideas, like creating Marlboro fashion wear and Marlboro travel vacations (which of course constitute not cigarette ads, but clothing and travel ads, respectively). . . Note how Philip Morris violates not only the spirit of the law, but when it deems that the risk of being caught is sufficiently low, also the letter of the law:
Finally, we even advertised in some periods when the risk of being fined was perceived to be lower.
Note the use of terms in this document like "para-advertising," "diversification" and "co-advertising" that denote ways they get around the Italian ad ban. . . Also, note the introduction of promotional techniques that are particularly damaging, like Philip Morris' new "World Tennis Championship of Doctors" featuring tennis-playing professors. . . This document is a primer on how cigarette corporations get around government regulations and in the doing, work their way even deeper into the cultures of different countries.

00/11/28 The PR War & Discontent with the Industry PM? 1990
It isn't often you get to read something that shows that fear inside the tobacco industry, but here is one such document. Ten years ago the industry noted that a former staunch ally, the Economist magazine, did a 180-degree turn, printing an article that stated that tobacco "...kills about 3M people a year around the world, and the number is rising fast" The article went on to cite the "...obvious self-interest and fraudulent arguments of the tobacco and alcohol lobbies..."and actually called these entities "lying killers." . . The paper explores the reasons for the public's "discontent" with the tobacco industry.
The pressure against us is growing at a frightening speed...Defeat, like fear, is contagious. Once people sense surrender is in the air, the collapse of the whole operation can come with enormous rapidity....The collapse of South Vietnam is a graphic case in point.
The writer then lays out a strategic plan of action to deal with the dire situation. Once again however, opposite to the industry's 1954 pledge in the "Frank Statement" that it intended to work with public health entities, their strategy consists of fanning the flames of doubt about its products, utilizing third parties to do the industry's bidding, and carrying on "offensive" media campaigns. But perhaps the most important strategic point made by this paper, is the reason why preserving advertising and sponsorship is so important to this industry. These activities buy them a host of extremely powerful supporters. Losing these supporters would devastate the industry's power base because it would drastically cut the industry's political and media clout.
If one takes the pessimistic view of present trends, the tobacco industry could lose almost all its political clout within two years. Overstated? Not really. If you take away advertising and sponsorship, you lost most, if not all, of your media and political allies.

00/11/27 Application of Pesticides in Turkey PM, Dec 4, 1989
This document gives us an idea of the laxity of procedures in application of pesticides to tobacco in developing countries. This (Philip Morris) document reveals that not only was very little if any attention paid to the safety of the workers applying the chemicals, but also little if any monitoring of the application of the pesticides to the tobacco itself. With an unregulated, monitored and uninspired product that people regularly take into their bodies, a situation such as this could be a problem.
Treatments are conducted under tarpaulin (tent) of selected tobacco stacks within dealer storage areas...No monitoring is PH5 gas concentrations during application, gassing, or degassing periods are performed...Neither monitoring pumps or gas concentration tubes were available for use by State license fumigators. . . Two phosphine accidents occurred in 1988 from lack of pesticide safety knowledge: (1) at one location four employees were informed they could enter a phosphine tarpaulin treatment area because an expert assured them "there was no problem, the gas will not hurt you." All four had to be taken to a local hospital for phosphine gas exposure.

00/11/21 Smoking and Attention Deficit Disorder PM, Jun 13, 1977
Philip Morris scientists hypothesize that adult smokers are hykerkinetic children who have grown up, and who are now self-medicating with cigarettes. The writer draws a parallel between Ritalin and nicotine, saying,
...the stimulant characteristics of nicotine enabled [smokers] to control some of their behavior problems just as Ritalin does for today's children.
It is also interesting that the report says that smokers are more impulsive and have more accidents than nonsmokers. To test the hypothesis about whether adult smokers are hyperactives who are self-medicating with nicotine, the PM scientists sought ways to monitor children for a number of years to see if there was a preponderance of smokers among adults who, as children, were diagnosed as being hyperactive. It appears that having to gain parental consent for such a study might have been a roadblock...
Although school system records would seem best suited for such research...restrictions on access to records,...[and] on the use of children in research without the informed consent of their parents will keep us out of the school systems until the rules are rewritten...

00/11/20 PM: Create a Public Backlash, Motivate People to Fight Gov't PM, Dec, 1990
This is an outline of the Philip Morris Tobacco Company's (PM) strategic plans to fight workplace smoking bans in Europe. . . It is interesting that the very governments that permit this company to operate within their borders are unaware of this company's workings to incite the people against the government. . . Also, note PM's intent to concoct surveys which reflect its own ideas, and to hide behind "respected polling firms": . . Also,notice how vastly expensive and grandiose plans roll so easily off PM's planning docket--strategies that public health entities could never afford to employ, like publishing books, commissioning videos and training and touring around speakers to speak on their behalf:
--Identify speakers such as sociologists, psychologists, freedom advocates, etc. and place them in appropriate speaking forums....
-- Publish a book or series of articles on past and present paradoxes of free and democratic societies.
--Commission a video of the future when drinking milk is only by prescription.
--Mail articles and books to liberal journalists and freedom issues likely to generate support on the principles involved.</ul>

00/11/14 The Marboro Man Eats Veggie Fajitas PM, Jul 15, 1992
In the early 1990's, . . Philip Morris sought to re-make the image of the Marlboro Man into a new-age, sensitive pop icon that would appeal to these new-age sensitive guys of the 90's. They sought to alter the cowboy-icon's image from "Cowboys are outlaws. Cowboys are brutal. Cowboys eat pork and beans. to "Cowboys are kind. Cowboys eat grilled vegetable fajitas...Cowboys dance with wolves." . .

New Myth:

Cowboys are sensitive.
Cowboys are advocates of the land.
Cowboys are Indians.
Women are cowboys.
Cowboys ride the range with their wives.
Cowboys have principles.
Cowboys are kind.
Cowboys eat grilled vegetable fajitas.

In short, they sought to change the cowboy from a "John Wayne" image to a kinder-gentler "Kevin Costner" image. Of course, the marketing and promotional potential of this re-make was unlimited: promotional tie-ins could include piggybacking on the causes of land preservation and the environment, adding expensive silver and turquoise Indian jewelry to the Marlboro Gear catalog, offering "soft adventure" vacations where smokers could go rafting and hiking at the Marlboro Ranch... And oh, the appeal to women!

00/11/13 PM, May 27, 1987: The Industry on Taxes, Liability, ETS and More
This document, "Social-Political Context of Cigarette Sales and Use in the U.S. - 1987", is full of revelations. It analyzes the myriad problems facing the tobacco industry, including the decrease in the social acceptability of smoking, the proliferation of attempts to enact local public-smoking restrictions, product liability suits, the possibility of advertising restrictions, federal excise taxes, and legislation to require that cigarettes be fire-safe. The document is extraordinarily prescient, and shows us the industry is able to predict the future with great accuracy. It also tells us what it fears most andwhat really works to decrease smoking rates. . .
It is apparent that the effects of ETS on others is now the most powerful anti-smoking weapon being employed against the industry . . .
The problem with tax increases is that it does decrease consumption, just as desired by the social engineers posing these increases want to see. . .
If legislation is passed [mandating fire-safe cigarettes] it would probably be necessary to modify several aspects of current cigarette construction. This could have a negative impact on per unit costs. . .
This gloomy picture of 1987 and beyond must be interpreted in terms of opportunity as well as challenge....A threat to the industry can be an opportunity for the company which can find consumer acceptable answers to the types of challenges discussed in this memo. . .
Let us also not forget that one of the keys to this industry's miraculous survival has been its tendency to view threats as opportunities (one example is the introduction of filter cigarettes in response to the "health scares" of the 1950's and 60's--a move which made the industry more profitable than ever)

00/11/11 PM: Cigarettes Saved the Earth! PM, Apr 17, 1975
My instinctive reaction to the movie of the cat whose appetite for mice is blocked by nicotine is that we should arrange as promptly as possible a showing on national television.... .The film could be tested "as is" and also with an accompanying narrative which spells out its implications for the world of people. There might be several versions of such an accompanying script. Perhaps the most hard-hitting claim would be to come right out and say that the Indians kew what they were talking about when they spoke of the "peace pipe" and that we believed Leonid Brezhnev, cigarette smoker, was somewhat less likely to push his side's atomic war button than a Leonid Breshnev whose cigarettes had been taken away from him.

00/11/9 Creating the Appearance of Controversy B&W? Sep, 1979
By the mid-1970s, public health agencies had done a good job of getting word out to the public that tobacco caused deadly diseases. Science had proven the case and all that remained to be done was to keep spreading the word to the public. But rather than cooperating with public health agencies, as the industry promised in its widely-published "Frank Statement" of 1954, ("We always have and always will cooperate with those whose task it is to safeguard the public health.") the tobacco industry took it upon itself to whip up the appearance of a "controversy" about smoking and health where there really was none at all. The goal was stated succinctly by William Kloepfer, public relations manager of the Tobacco Institute, in this 1979 internal document:
Our objective is to bring a seemingly closed subject back to the level of controversy in the public's mind.
How how many people might never have started smoking, and how many lives would have been saved worldwide had the tobacco industry not worked so hard, and invested so much money and years of effort, into the fight against public health?

00/11/8 The Odor Of Free Nicotine 'Will Almost Bowl One Over' B&W? 1971
"Project Mad Hatter" was designed to
maximize the desirable constituents of smoke and minimize the undesirable ones. . . we are in a nicotine rather than a tobacco industry . . . Another easy test of free nicotine odor and irritation involves smelling some as it is eluted from a gas chromatograph. -- a small amount will almost knock one over and the aroma is apparent.
If the aroma and irritation from a small amount of free nicotine is so powerful that it can "almost knock one over," and since the industry has greatly increased the amount of free nicotine in cigarettes since the 1960's, how can this industry justify opposing laws banning indoor smoking? This is an admission that this substance is physically irritating. (Unless, of course, they hide such internal insights about free nicotine from the public, legislators and boards of health.)

00/11/3 SAWP's "Countermeasures" against Health RJR, May 20, 1979
In the late 1970's eleven major tobacco companies around the world joined together to form the International Committee on Smoking Issues, or ICOSI. The purpose of ICOSI was to determine how the companies would deal with the global proliferation of smoking restrictions and the unilateral decline in social acceptability of smoking around the world. A subcommittee of ICOSI was formed called the Social Acceptability Working Party or SAWP. This document is an update on SAWP's progress in coming up with a plan to reverse the decline in the social acceptability of smoking. We can see clearly from this document that the anti-tobacco arguments that were most most damaging to the industry and most effective at reducing the worldwide smoking rate and were 1) secondhand smoke and passive smoking, 2) the social costs of smoking on society and 3) the discourtesy of smoking in front of others. SAWP concluded that the negative attitudes about smoking, if left unchecked
... will eventually solidify into strong beliefs -- creating even further pressures for the suppression or banning of smoking in public places.
The conclusion of the working party is expressed boldly, in caps, and underlined:
WE MUST START TRYING TO MOLD PUBLIC OPINION FAVORABLY ON THE SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY OF SMOKING.
If it were not for the tobacco industry's actions, the global smoking rate would have continued to decline, and the death rate from tobacco use would have declined along with it. The tobacco industry's actions set world health back many decades. For this they offer no apology and no acknowledgement, but instead are asking us to simply forget their actions.

00/11/1 Hill and Knowlton: an Expose PM, 1992
This document, Health and Morality -- Tobacco's Counter Campaign, should be mandatory reading. It is a historical account describing the key part that the public relations firm of Hill and Knowlton played on behalf of the tobacco industry in obfuscating the link between tobacco use and disease. . . The document is authored by John W. Hill II, and was sent to Murray Bring . . .
The stakes in this ongoing public relations battle are enormous. On one side of the ledger is the health of more than 200 million teen-agers and adults. One (sic) the other side are [the] profits, even survival, of the tobacco industry in dependence on the 55.8 million addicted smokers as of 1988.
Furthermore, to his credit, Hill later broke completely with the industry's tactic of forming front groups to protect profits:
Over time John Hill had stoutly asserted that paper groups established by a client to promote a cause under the guise of being independent should be eliminated from the public relations profession. 'The right of free speech also carries the obligation that the source of it will be open for all to see,' he wrote. 'It is not the work of public relations--let it always be emphasized--to outsmart the American public by helping management build profits.' But in fact the TIRC was essentially a front for the public relations work of the industry, created to blunt the growing threat to the cigarette makers' enormous profits.

00/10/29 TI: Bad Kid Ads Show Smoking As Unhealthy, Repugnant TI, May, 1982
Tobacco industry-created "kids-shouldn't smoke" programs are designed to assure children in a subtle way that smoking is a really positive choice that one can look forward to making in the future. This industry puts forth its own "youth programs" because campaigns designed by anti-smoking groups "present[ed] smoking as repugnant and unhealthy." According to this Tobacco Institute document, the goals for the tobacco industry's "kids don't smoke" campaigns include
offset further erosion of the industry's image in this area, reverse political trends and gain recognition of our efforts from public service organizations and public officials.
But the goal of reducing or eliminating the problem of nicotine addiction among youth remains conspicuously absent. . .
Federal and local legislation has been proposed to deal with the [youth smoking] issue. And, naturally, anti-smoking groups have spent a good deal of time and money discouraging youngsters from smoking. Unlike our proposed project, they present smoking as repugnant and unhealthy.

00/10/23 CTR & "Public Relations" Pseudo-science PM, Jun 24, 1974
This confidential Lorillard memorandum was faxed to Philip Morris by the law firm Shook, Hardy and Bacon. It was found in a file called "Cipollone Problem Documents," referring to an early liability lawsuit against the industry. It reveals that the "smoking and health research" programs that were carried on for so many years by the tobacco industry's jointly-funded Council on Tobacco Research (CTR)
have not been selected against specific scientific goals, but rather for various purposes such as public relations, political relations, position for litigation, etc.
Carrying on "smoking and health" research projects that secretly were designed to benefit the industry's public and political relations gave the industry cover to claim to the unwitting public for many years that they were spending millions on research into smoking and health and "haven't discovered anything conclusive." It gave the appearnce that they were "doing something" about the smoking and health problem, and had the added bonus of creating "studies" that benefited political perceptions of their product.

00/10/22 Philip Morris Battles Health Efforts In Asia PM, Jun 15, 1989
PM feared a ramping up of health efforts in Asia, and also feared the efforts of American health groups to draw world attention to the cigarette industry's Asian export practices. There was (and probably still is) very good reason for this: Asian cigarette exports account for a huge portion of the tobacco industry's profits. Note the astounding statistic that PM itself reveals on the vast importance of Asian cigarette exports to their bottom line:
We should remember that U.S. cigarette exports to Asia account for close to 70% of our volume and 97% of our profits
PM further responded to increased tobacco control efforts in Asia by expanding their "Whitecoat Project" into Asia. They successfully pulled in additional funding from the R.J. Reynolds and Brown and Williamson tobacco companies to help expand the project into Asia:
PM, RJR and B&W agreed to fund a network of ETS scientists in Asia. Candidates have been identified in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand.... At the end of a training session in late June we will have a core of 10 scientists who are fully trained on the issues, ready and prepared to make a contribution by way of writing articles, briefing government officials and so forth
This document reveals the deep, pervasive, damaging (and very effective) interference that these powerful American tobacco companies exert on the government, culture and health affairs of foreign countries in which they are permitted to do business.

00/10/20 The Marboro Man is Gay PM, Feb, 1994
This document is the result of a a focus group session done by a market research company to try and find out which types of imagery (in this case, which poses of the Marlboro Man) would sell cigarettes to gay men.
Maintaining the highest share of the gay market, Marlboro imagery is fairly instant and clearly dominated by the Marlboro Man. Among gay consumers, this image has particular importance as an overt cue to masculinity/sexuality. Marlboro's success in this context depends wholly on the relevance of this cowboy image to the world (fantasy and real) of these gay consumers. . . NEGATIVES: . . Common . . . Has a regular job; nothing out of the ordinary. Drives something American, a few years old. Blends in with the world. . . He could be a good friend but probably not much past that. Maybe a great one-nighter, but no one you'd want to spend everyday with. What would you talk about? Drag racing? False masculinity... Tries real hard to let you know how butch he is. No real confidence. Macho. / Only dances if he's drunk. Redneck.. Likes to square dance . . . All the worst qualities of straight men rolled into an attractive gay man.

00/10/17 Countermeasures Development Program PM, May 20, 1979
This is a speech made in confidence by a Philip Morris representative to the members of the global tobacco industry at a meeting of the International Committee on Smoking Issues (ICOSI). . . Note the warlike tone . . .
We must also have countermeasures going directly to the antis. We can no longer ignore them....Between government and the antis, there is now mutual support. In many countries, it is hard to tell the antis from certain branches of government. That's the reason why the industry has to start attacking the antis directly with countermeasures. . . But in developing countermeasures, I believe we mustn't forget that a state of war does exist... Countermeasures are weapons, or combinations of weapons....We must produce a continual supply of the AMMUNITION.
This clandestine speech before members of the global tobacco industry is in stark contrast to the public rhetoric the industry published in the "Frank Statement" of 1954, wherein they said:
We accept an interest in people's health as a basic responsibility, paramount to every other consideration in our business. . . We always have and always will cooperate with those whose task it is to safeguard the public health.
Should an industry that publicly promises to protect public health while secretly declaring war on public health be trusted? How about five years later? Ten, or twenty years later?

00/10/16 TI Issue Strategy: Deflect, Redefine, Broaden TI, Apr 10, 1985
This is a confidential speech . . . about the the difficulties the industry faces from the environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) issue. . . it says clearly that the most effective way to reduce smoking overall is to enact smoking bans:
The logical appeal of smoke-free air is irresistible to politicians, commentators, even some smokers. It is the most effective way to reduce smoking.
If WE say smoke-free laws are effective at reducing the overall smoking rate, and the INDUSTRY confirms this same thing (as the Tobacco Institute does in this document) then there is no longer any disagreement that smoke-free laws are entirely beneficial to public health. Legislators should take note that both anti-tobacco advocates and the industry are in complete agreement on this point. . . Also, in this document the president of the Tobacco Institute admits that few people (or entities) other than the tobacco industry itself are motivated to oppose smoking restrictions:
We seem to be trying to protect a population without a popular will to join the resistance.
Thirdly, the document reveals the industry's acknowledgment that secondhand smoke exposure will never be proven safe:
We need to be candid with ourselves in recognizing that it will never be established that there are no effects [from ETS exposure].
And lastly, Mr. Kloepfer's speech lays out the tobacco industry's game-plan for dealing not only with the ETS issue, but with most of the other damaging issues they have faced:
To summarize, the direction we are headed will be to deflect this [ETS] issue, to redefine it, to broaden it, to demonstrate as we have in the case of accidental fires and youth behavior that we are contributing to the solution rather than to the problem.
The triple-strategy of 1) deflecting the issue, 2) broadening the issue and 3) appearing to contribute to a solution is seen repeatedly in the documents and it is how the tobacco industry deals with issues that are damaging. This document will definitely be important to quote from at public hearings for smoke-free laws.

00/10/15 Marketing Strategies For Camel RJR, Mar 10, 1988
This marketing proposal for RJR's "Camel" brand reveals the goals of cigarette marketing: to appeal to basic human needs and emotions. I was particularly struck by the controlling language used in this piece, e.g., "Force a one-on-one relationship between the brand and the smoker," and "Forces the smoker to study the pack...". I was also unsettled by the exploitation of basic human emotions, particularly those of younger people, as marketing tools: greed, avarice, mating rituals, humor, the need to be admired, vanity, etc. This piece may be helpful for media literacy instruction, as it reveals that the "science" of advertising can be quite offensive to us "targets."
Purpose: Create a 1989 theme or "big idea" for Camel that accommodates the following... 1) Merges the brand's 75-years of authenticity...and masculine independence into the mind-set of an 18-24 year old target smoker. 2) Uses the Camel brand as a psychological bridge between the target and their fantasies. 3) Integrates as many of the target's basic emotional drives as possible....Force a one-on-one relationship between the Brand and the smoker...Welcome the target smoker into the concept and allow he/she to personalize it to their own interpretation and fantasies.... Concept: Focus attention on Pack history, authenticity and intrigue... Execution: Use a series of mysteries, missing items, changed visuals and folklore, with direct incentives for "studying" the Pack. Forces the target smoker to physically pick up the pack, scrutinize it and show it to his/her friends.

00/10/13 History Of Tobacco Industry Advertising PM, Aug, 1987
This document, while marked "confidential," was produced outside the industry. It is a fascinating chronology of the history of cigarette advertising by Dr. Richard Pollay, a professor of marketing. It gives an insight into the industry's invasive advertising tactics that can only be had by taking a historical look at the industry's advertising behavior.
1917 -- Rivalry between CAMELS and LUCKY STRIKE involves scandalous rumors. American Tobacco suspected by R.J. Reynolds of disseminating rumors of salt petre in tobacco, and factor workers with leprosy and syphilis. Claims that agents would enter streetcars, one from the front and one from the rear, and hold a loud conversation about these...and then exit to repeat again and again. R.J. Reynolds posts $500 reward notices. . . 1925 -- Women consuming 5% of total cigarettes... 1935 -- 20% adult women smoking.

00/10/12 TI 'Fire Safety Program' And Increased Fire Deaths TI, Sep 18, 1986
Four years after the Tobacco Institute started its "Fire Safety Program," the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that the rate of fire deaths in the United States had jumped by an astounding 20% in residences and 18% overall ("the largest one-year jump in decades") showing that the Institute's vastly expensive "Fire Safety program" had been a dismal failure at reducing fires. . . Today's document is a letter from the president of Tri Data Corp. to the Tobacco Institue and Covington and Burling that reflects the Institute's primary area of concern about these statistics. Note that concern was not the increase in
NFPA has just released the latest (1985) fire statistics. The news is very bad. Fire deaths jumped up in 1985, by 20% in residences and 18% overall. This is the largest one-year jump in decades... We can assume...that deaths from careless smoking will be sharply higher, too. Since smoke detectors are perceived by the fire service as close to saturating the market, there may well be pressure to turn to new approaches -- like fire safe cigarettes.

00/10/11 TI on Fire Service: 'Support for Hostiles = Innoculation' TI, May 9, 1989
Todays document is a report on the Institute's activities dealing with the "Accidental Fire Issue." It contains some telling information and telltale handwritten notations by Martin J. Gleason of the Tobacco Institute. For example, the document mentions Andrew McGuire, who was the director of the nonprofit Burn Council, which was a counseling and education organization based at San Francisco General Hospital. Mcguire was an outspoken advocate of the need for a self-extinguishing cigarette. . . . McGuire's strong public health/consumer advocacy made him an enemy of the tobacco industry. Fittingly, Gleason's handwritten comment by McGuire's name says simply, "Discredit" -- underlined twice. . . But perhaps Gleason's most telling handwritten comment on this document about TI fire service programs says, "Cont[inue] support for hostiles -- innoculation" indicating that the tremendous financial support the tobacco industry gave to the the fire service carried with it the expectation that it would neutralize their opposition."

00/10/03 Osdene (of PM): "I will act on them and destroy" PM, Undated
Philip Morris conducted biological research on the health effects of tobacco and cigarettes at INBIFO, research that was performed offshore to keep the information it revealed out of PM's files in the U.S, since if it were in files in this country it would then be subject to discovery in a lawsuit. If these documents were subject to discovery, then people could find out what the company knew, when they knew it, and what they were doing in Cologne, Germany. . .
OK to phone and telex (these will be destroyed).... ... If important letters or documents have to be sent please send to home -- I will act on them and destroy.

00/10/01 Fighting Free Choice: Battling Voluntary Restrictions TI, Undated
In complete contrast to its public statements about freedom of choice, the industry aggressively opposes people's free choice to enact smoking restrictions. Today's document is a speech by Peter Sparber of the Tobacco Institute. Sparber, speaking to the executive board of the Institute, reveals the industry's aggressive plans to beat back a flood of voluntary actions on the part of business owners to make their workplaces smoke-free.
The voluntary restriction of smoking by businesses, associations, public agencies and even labor unions is one of the most damaging and most insidious challenges we face.... We have opposed public smoking laws by arguing that such matters should be voluntary. Now that they are increasingly voluntary, what do we think? ..This morning we are prepared to outline a program to deal aggressively and efficiently with the voluntary restriction of smoking by businesses, labor unions, public agencies and other private organizations.
The speech also reveals the industry's intent to gain support of labor unions through a system of grants and legislative favors. . .
Overall we will create the sense that organized labor will not tolerate smoking restrictions ..We also propose a financial relationship with organized labor.
But the real reason the industry wanted the support of labor unions . . . was to influence the smoking policies being made by corporations and agencies:
Organized labor is of vital importance, but ultimately, it is not labor that we want to influence. Corporations and public agencies are our first targets.

00/09/30 The 'Frank Statement' of 1954 TI, Jan 4, 1954
The publication of the Frank Statement marked the beginning of the industry's long-term plan to disseminate misinformation about the health effects of tobacco to the American public. . . Their statement contradicted what medical consensus had shown by that time, namely that tobacco use caused cancer and other respiratory diseases. Furthermore, the industry had not produced any evidence showing that their product was not injurious to health. Rather than cooperating as they promised with "those whose task it is to safeguard the public health," history reveals that the industry's actions instead have been 1) to criticize studies by independent scientists that reveal the hazards of their products, 2) generate a sense of controversy about the health effects of their products . . . 3) misrepresent the safety of its products by continuing to advertise their products as though they were safe . . . 4) marketing to children by using cartoon characters and exploiting the adolescent phenomenon of peer pressure, 6) chemically adjusting their products to enhance addiction . . . and mask the warning properties of smoke (adding "smootheners").
We accept an interest in people's health as a basic responsibility, paramount to every other consideration in our business. We believe the products we make are not injurious to health . . . We always have and always will cooperate with those whose task it is to safeguard the public health.

00/09/29 "The base of our business is the high school student" Lorillard, Aug 30, 1978
This is the famous Lorillard memo which states flatly,
"the base of our business is the high school student.
It was written by a member of Lorillard's sales force refers to the "in status" of the Newport brand among young people. The recipient of the memo was Curtis Judge, the President of Lorillard. Despite this acknowledgment from his own field sales force that children formed the basis of their company's cigarette business, just a few months later, in May of 1979, Mr. Judge wrote a letter to Joseph Califano (Secretary of Health Education and Welfare) in response to accusations that the industry's advertising appealed to children. In the letter, Mr. Judge denies any attempts by his company to appeal to children. Judge said,
For many years Lorillard has avoided directing the appeal of its advertising to young persons....Everyone, including Lorillard, agrees that children should not smoke...We neither direct the appeal of our advertising to children, nor do we encourage them to start to smoke. In sum, Mr. Secretary, we do not advertise to children and do not intent to do so in the future. [Letter from Curtis Judge to Joseph A. Califano Jr. 19790517]

00/09/28 TI, 1981: The problem of fire-scarred victims
The industry fought fire-safe cigarette proposals, stating that such changes would "unduly [affect] the nature of the product." They proposed instead that all furniture manufacturers make fire-resistant furniture. . .
Neither industry response has been particularly effective in offsetting fire scarred victims interviewed by the news media and paraded before legislative committees.
If the industry appeared to lack somewhat in empathy for the victims of cigarette fires, though, they nevertheless realized they had a formidable legislative problem on their hands . . . the tobacco industry embarked on a vast public relations campaign to create the appearance of concern about fire safety, particularly to legislators. The campaign propsed PR activities like putting out "fire safety calendar" in conjunction with local fire service agencies urging people, for example, to take care around their Christmas trees. Less known to the public, however, was that the campaign included giving extraordinary levels of financial support to firefighting agencies nationwide. The campaign was highly successful, ultimately buying the silence of the fire service industry on the subject of self-extinguishing cigarettes, and turning fire service agencies nationwide into allies for the tobacco industry when it came to heading off fire-safe cigarette legislation.

00/09/22 Monumental industry addiction blooper PM, Dec 4, 1982
In 1981 George Mackin, Director of Sales for Philip Morris, United Kingdom gave a presentation to the Retail Confectioners' and Tobacconists Association in Majorca. An article based on his speech was subesquently published in the trade journal Confectioners, Tobacconist Newsagent on December 4, 1981. In describing to retailers the value of selling cigarettes, George wrote:
Cigarettes are not just habit forming -- the body builds up a requirement for them. Twenty million smokers cannot do without their weed. Take the example of a man going to work in the morning. It is pouring with rain. . . Would he stop for a newspaper? Would he get wet for a kit kat? . . The answer is probably No, but he would stop for his fags, because he is addicted to cigarettes. And while buying a pack he takes a morning paper and a Kit Kat. With 20 million regular smokers in this country, there is an enormous traffic opportunity built up exclusively on tobacco -- and a lot of it could come your way.
Frank Colby, Associate Director of Scientific Issues in the Research Department at R.J. Reynolds (RJR) was NOT amused, and on January 26,1982, fired off a note to Samuel B Witt III, Esquire at RJR which he entitled
With Friends Like This, We NEED Enemies

00/09/21 Philip Morris' 'Merit Awards' program (death)PM, 1994
This document is a promotional mailing from the Philip Morris tobacco company (PM) which contains coupons for discounts on Merit cigarettes. PM sent this particular mailing to a deceased customer, dead at age 51-- from smoking Merit cigarettes. The caregiver of the deceased's 94 year-old father returned the promotion to PM with the following note:
Dear Ms. Suter, Mrs. Williams died 21 months ago from smoking your product. Do not send any more of your stuff to this address again. I am her father's (94 yrs) non-smoking caregiver. The 94 year old is a nonsmoker. Mrs. Williams was a beautiful 51 year old. I feel sorry for you people.

00/09/18 TI removing the rights of Americans TI, Dec 10, 1992
Andrew Tisch brags about the Tobacco Institute's pervasive interference in the democratic process:
In state and local affairs, we have, with a few significant exceptions, enjoyed a remarkably successful 1992. Of more than 1,000 anti-tobacco pieces of legislation, regulation or voter initiatives, just 65 were approved....Smoking bans and restrictions were proposed in 32 states and passed in just 9....Bans on sampling and promotional distribution of tobacco products were proposed in 23 states and were defeated in 22. Retail or vending sales restrictions were proposed in 31 states and defeated in 26....Legislation mandating "fire-safe" cigarettes was introduced in five states and defeated in all....Campaigns were mounted to qualify...tax proposals for ballots in Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Arkansas. Thanks in large measure to Institute efforts, none made it.
But obviously, the tobacco industry noted the relative success rate of tobacco control efforts at the local level, so their next step was to remove Americans' rights to pass local laws, as evidenced by this chilling passage:
We know that the most effective way to address these local issues is to urge adoption of statewide laws that prohibit local action. To date, we have succeeded in doing just that in 8 states. We have targeted another 17 in 1993.

00/09/17 PM: Dealing with employee demoralization at PM
This document makes it clear that Philip Morris management realizes it isn't easy to be an employee of the world's biggest manufacturer of a deadly product. Here, they outline the need for a program that will "reassure and comfort" PM employees and help them deal with the demoralizing aspects of their employment. In this document, it becomes clear that PM is (or was) in complete denial about the devastating effects of their products. . . After reading this, one could easily believe that such "feel good" ad campaigns as PM is currently putting on (PM feeds the hungry, gives to domestic violence shelters, etc.) are as much for the benefit of their own employees as to try boost their public image. . .
Public awareness of the health and social issues surrounding smoking is very high. This is mainly due to what they see and hear in the media. . . As a result of these popular beliefs, public tolerance of smoking and tobacco companies' commercial activities have declined to a point where both smokers and companies are in danger of becoming social pariahs. . . Instead of knowing nothing the reaction we should aim to engender in our employees may be something like this: "These are complex issues but since joining PM I've learnt that there is another side to the story." A full briefing on the social and health issues surrounding smoking would be beneficial for both the sales force confidence and for helping them to handle objections in a more professional, informed manner.

00/09/16 TI: Smokers don't rebel TI
The Tobacco Institute (TI) did its best to fight the initial airline smoking ban, saying it would cause a smoker rebellion and carrying on "non-public" actions like prompting tobacco company employees and employees to write letters to the Department of Transportation and Congress opposing the ban. This letter-writing network, which encompassed not only tobacco industry employees but employees of their subsidiaries, like Kraft and Nabisco, was often used by the Tobacco Institute to skew the appearance of public opinion to agencies and legislators on tobacco issues. The network was called the Tobacco Action Network, or TAN. The Tobacco Institute never denied that secondhand smoke exposure in aircraft cabins was dangerous. Rather, they deflected attention from the problem of ETS exposure by broadening the issue into one of overall air quality, taking the discussion into addressing problems on aircraft with "ozone, cosmic radiation, microbes, viruses." Perhaps of more interest, though, is the admission in this document that, much to the Institute's frustration, a rebellion by real smokers failed to materialize. Instead they noted that smokers went along with the ban easily, with no hint of "rebellion." This typical real-life reaction of smokers to smoking bans is completely counter to the industry's repeated predications (even now) that mayhem and economic devastation will occur from such bans.
[B]y all accounts, implementation of the ban went very smoothly. This really isn't surprising...smokers are law-abiding and reasonable people. At same time, we were somewhat surprised that there weren't at least a few random incidents since there was little public discussion of the ban until the day it went into effect....

00/09/16 PM doesn't want you to quit PM, Apr, 1992
By 1992 it was solidly established that cigarettes kill consumers. Yet even in face of conclusive evidence that its consumers were likely to suffer cruel and suffocating deaths, the Philip Morris Tobacco Company (PM) didn't want smokers to quit. By 1992 a number of nicotine replacement therapies had entered the market. PM was clearly threatened by these "competitor" products which, as they coldly put it, would "accelerate decline of the cigarette industry" by "enhanc[ing] the success rate of quitters who permanently leave smoking." Moreover, PM kept track of what they termed the "Gross Industry Smoker Loss" they incurred due to the nicotine replacement patch products storming onto the market. Hmmm....according to recent commercials, PM feeds the hungry, brings water to flood victims and supports domestic violence shelters. Pretty socially conscious company, right? But wouldn't you think that a truly socially conscious company would be just a little bit kinder to their own consumers, the millions of addicted smokers out there who are desperately seeking ways to avert an early death?
Approximately 23% or 11.7 million smokers try to quit every year. 3.5 million claim to quit in the past year. 2.4 million stay quit for the year. Nicotine patch could potentially accelerate decline of cigarette industry in several ways
Encourage more smokers to try to quit
Enable more triers to actually quit
Enhance success rate of quitters who permanently leave smoking

00/09/13 Ode to PM (a.k.a. 'Crackpot letter')PM, Feb 11, 1986
Philip Morris's legal department keeps an entertaining file entitled "Crack Pot Letters." It contains some amazing stuff. Following is a unique and powerful ode penned by a gentleman from Michigan who seems to have a good grip on tobacco issues. . .

The soothing taste of your despicable ware
Rolled and sold by those who don't care
Centuries ago a ritual of peace
You've turned into a murdering thief . . .

Your advertisers prey on dreams they invent
To ride the wide range is the road to content
Millions of dollars and millions of lives
Pave the road you've built over those who have died

00/09/11 Less Educated: Today's Trend, Tomorrow's Market RJR, 1985
Less educated people are more likely to smoke, and the tobacco industry preys upon the less educated as target markets for their products. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the R.J. Reynolds document, " Less Educated: Today's Trend, Tomorrow's Market," which gives us insight into the sociological observation and the depth of scrutiny that cigarette companies give their most productive markets. The document portrays "acceptance of purposelessness" as a "trend" for the less educated. One charts shows that Marlboro, Winston and KOOL are the cigarettes of the younger and less educated population sectors. . . Furthermore, the writer discusses the need to target the wants of the less educated for "style, prestige and status," outlining how RJR should "leverage" the psychological needs of this group:
Need for self-esteem, Need to feel in control, Need for security, Need for structure.
People are likely to say there is nothing new or unique about the fact that companies evaluate their markets, but how many members of the consuming public have actually been privy to these evaluations? How many have actually gotten to see how major corporations analyze, study, classify and ultimately regard their consumers? Thanks to the release of the tobacco industry's documents, we now have access to a large cache of such information.

00/09/09 PM on Nicotine and heart disease PM, Mar 26, 1980
In this Philip Morris (PM) internal memo, PM scientist Ray Fagan indicates that nicotine may lower the heart's threshold to ventricular fibrillation, an inefficient pumping mode wherein the heart "flutters" and fails to pump blood efficiently. Fagan further observes that this condition can result in sudden death:
This type of arrythmia is frequently the cause of sudden death in cardiovascular disease.

00/09/04 PM, Nov 1, 1972: 'Sounds like cigarettes are addicting...'
This 1972 Philip Morris (PM) internal memo, Electromyographic Studies of Muscle Relaxation in Smokers, establishes the fact that PM knew that cigarettes were addicting way back in 1972, fully 22 years before the '94 congressional hearings wherein the tobacco CEOs testified that they didn't believe nicotine was addicting. This PM employee states quite frankly that:
What it sounds like at the moment is that cigarets are addicting and the reaction of the inveterate cigaret smoker is like that of any drug addict.
Also note the PM employee's understanding that his company lacked a reputation for "'intellectual honesty and integrity" when it came to scientific research, as he intimates that tobacco industry-financing for the study would have to be hidden from the public view if they intended to "market" the results of this proposed study:
The market promotion value of this work, assuming it is valid, may be negated by the fact that it was done in an independent institute financed by a cigaret manufacturer or by the tobacco industry. Only if the work were done under the auspices of an institution with a well-established reputation for intellectual honesty and integrity would this be worthwhile.

00/08/30 RJR's crack-puffing baboons RJR, Feb 9, 1989
RJR hired a research lab to do an experiment. In the experiment, they made baboons smoke Premier cigarettes laced with crack cocaine, and then they analyzed the animals' blood for cocaine content. The reason for this bizarre experiment became clear after reading the conclusions of the scientist who conducted the test: it was to find out whether the Premier cigarette functioned adequately a drug delivery device. . .. From the phrasing of the conclusion, it was apparent that RJR hoped that a substantial amount of cocaine would be found in the baboons' blood after smoking the crack-laden Premier cigarettes. Note this apology by the scientist conducting the experiment:
I am sorry to hear that the samples from the animals who smoke Premier cigarettes loaded with crack were relatively low in cocaine content...I listed several possible interpretations [of why this might be the case], including: ... 4) The Premier really does not serve as a drug delivery device.
Since the tobacco companies insist that cigarettes aren't drug delivery devices (and indeed they fought this charge very strongly at the FDA), you would think the RJR Tobacco Company would have been happy about these findings-- wouldn't you?

00/08/27 Roper to the rescue TI
It appears that beyond the functions of just taking polls and doing surveys, however, the Roper organization actually took it upon itself to design studies that would return beneficial results for the tobacco industry. . . This is a proposal from the Roper Organization to do a study that would help diffuse the charge that smoking leads to death by returning results supportive of the Tobacco Institute's "Constitutional theory"--that is, the theory that it is the fault of the smoker that he gets sick and dies, and not the fault of the cigarette or manufacturer. The "Constitutional Theory" asserted that smokers had some sort of biological defect that predisposed them to excess, e.g., caused them to live hard, drive fast, eat too many achovies, get divorced, and generally feel more stress than nonsmokers, etc.
However, as a result of many years of work in the tobacco field, some of it for the Tobacco Institute, we have developed a different thesis that we think merits testing. . . It is our thesis that if a proper study were done, a type of person who is inclined towards excesses could be identified and described and that cigarette smoking would merely be one of many "symptoms" that would identify such a person. If true, such a study would: a) help to establish the smoking and health data as associative, not necessarily causative; and (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif (http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)) suggest the desirability of future research, medical and otherwise, on the constitutional theory--the kinds of people that are inclined towards excesses, and ultimately whether the excesses are merely descriptive or may be contributory, if not directly causative. . . We propose a large sample for the conduct of this study.... It will have to be large...in order to be psychologically impressive.

00/08/23 PM's Global ETS Conspiracy PM, Feb 17, 1988
This amazing document reveals Philip Morris (PM) as the ringleader in a global conspiracy to create and maintain a controversy about the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The project, (conceived by Philip Morris and later named "The Whitecoat Project" after the white coats that scientists wear) proved to be a tremendously expensive undertaking, even for PM. To this end, PM arranged this 1988 meeting to describe their plan to their British counterparts and then to solicit financial support for their activities:
Philip Morris presented to the UK industry their global strategy on environmental tobacco smoke. In every major international area (USA, Europe, Australia, Far East, South America, Central American and Spain) they are proposing, in key countries, to set up a team of scientists organized by one national coordinating scientist and American lawyers, to review scientific literature or carry out work on ETS to keep the controversy alive...
This document, and others discovered by ASH UK that prove that PM actually carried out these plans, vindicate public health workers who have so long been working to warn the world's populace about the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke. When up against the clandestine global effort of the Philip Morris Tobacco to obscure the truth, however, it has been nothing short of an epic battle. The efforts of Philip Morris have left the world's people decades behind where they should be in eliminating people's exposure to ETS

00/08/22 Image of Feminine Cigarettes? Trailer Trash, chemicalsT PM, Dec, 1991
This is a report of a 1994 focus group session done for Philip Morris to investigate what sort of images women have of "feminine" cigarette brands, like Misty and Virginia Slims. On page 6 is a section entitled, The Image of Specific Brands. In this exercise, women were asked to report the key types of images they had for each given brand of cigarette (a kind of "free association" exercise). I was taken by the strongly negative images that these women associate with almost all brands of cigarettes! A few images these women associated with "feminine" cigarette brands included: "grandma," "tacky," "cheap," "chemical," "asbestos," "Jesse Helms," and "trailer trash."

00/08/19 PM, 1994: PM: Smoking bans lead to 20% quit rate
States and countries that want to reduce smoking among their citizens need look no further than this conclusive acknowledgment by the Philip Morris Tobacco Company (PM) that workplace smoking bans lead to a 20% Quit Rate among cigarette consumers. What better way than to use PM's own data to show legislators that workplace smoking bans definitely do achieve a higher quit rate among citizens. (Thanks, PM!) Plus, since about 80% of smokers want to quit, a statewide workplace smoking restriction law would be invaluable in helping these citizens exercise their freedom of choice.
Fact: Bans/Restrictions Affect Consumption: 20% Quit Rate w/ U.S. Workplace Bans Increasing Restrictions will have negative impact on P/L [profit/loss] . . Conclusion: . . --[smoking bans have] a Big and Direct Impact on bottom line and is Potentially Irreversible.

00/08/18 'Medical Experts' say ditch stronger health warnings TI, Apr 30, 1969
Given the conclusive evidence we now have that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and given the growing epidemic of tobacco-induced illness worldwide, the testimony of these distinguished "medical experts" for the Tobacco Institute is amazing and utterly shameful. How many lives could have been saved if "distinguished medical experts" like these had not given such grossly misleading testimony to the government and the public? Doris L. Herman, M.D., a Los Angeles pathologist, A former president of the American Medical Women's Association, Dr. Bernice C. Sachs of Seattle, dean of Perugia University Medical School, Dr. Lucio Soveri, a pathologist, Travis W. Winsor, M.D., a University of Southern California heart specialist
Joshua Harold Burn, M.D., former head of the pharmacology department at Oxford and a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told the committee that "there is a growing body of evidence that nicotine is stimulating and useful to man" in the amounts found in cigarettes. . . A Chicago physician said the same thing about atherosclerosis, another illness which has been statistically associated with smoking. Dr. Walter S. Priest, a professer-emeritus of medicine, warned of "psychic trauma" if smokers are continually confronted with unreasonably frightening warnings.

00/08/15 PM's battle plan against health PM, 1994
Here is Philip Morris' (PM) definitive battle plan outline for use against governments and health advocates worldwide. . . It is interesting that in this document PM refers to tobacco control advocates as "competitors" rather than adversaries. In their view, health advocates threaten to take away their market share, just as another cigarette company would. It is also interesting to see how PM considers itself virtually alone in this epic battle. Taking note of the dismal lack of support and coordination it has achieved with the other cigarette makers in its quest to obfucate truth, the writer comments that "PM Appears to be Driving the Industry both issue-wise, Dollar-wise, and political-wise." People who are familiar with the industry's documents see that indeed this true. Far beyond any other company, PM has a reputation of pouring money into the creation of front groups, "instructing" the media, recruiting third parties to fight its battles, finding and supporting scientists to help them "prolong the controversy" about secondhand smoke, etc. It appears from the documents that no other company has engaged to such an extreme extent in so many activities aimed at thwarting public health efforts. . . PM's overall assessment of the increasing social unacceptability of smoking concludes that "Perception is Reality." The next goal goes on to state that PM must dedicate its resources to altering perceptions. Would it be possible that the goal of the all-powerful PM, then, is to alter our reality?"

00/08/13 Philip Morris yields to blackmail PM, Oct 12, 1979
Dr. Schmaehl was a German scientist charged with researching how to reduce the biological activity of cigarette tars, with an eye towards producing a safer cigarette. When told suddenly in 1979 that Philip Morris would cease supporting this research financially, Dr. Schmael wrote a powerful letter to his superior saying that the studies are vital and if PM refused to finance the studies, he would perform them himself outside of the influence of the industry and publish the results, which would include the brand names of the cigarettes he studied. Dr. Schmael's alarming letter was quickly translated into English and a copy sent to Thomas Osdene, research director at Philip Morris. Osdene quickly referred it to Alex Holtzman, Associate General Counsel for Philip Morris, who said of the letter:
I do feel that this letter is tantamount to blackmail by Schmaehl. I am very much afraid that unless financial support be provided to Schmaehl he will chastise the industry.
Upon being confronted with what PM termed internally as blackmail, the company made the decision to capitulate! They decided to continue to fund Schmael's studies, hoping the situation would not continue forever.

00/08/03 PM's youth programs: for Wall Street, investors PM, Jul, 1994
This document reveals one more reason Philip Morris so strongly promotes its own "youth programs": to convince Wall Street, its stockholders and investors that PM is a good investment," and that
PM is a responsible and open corporation that can deal with 'the issues' without outside intervention.
[Note how PM sarcastically offsets "the issues" in quotation marks. Could this indicate PM doesn't consider youth smoking to be a "real" issue?]

00/08/02 Philip Morris' 1994 'Sound Science Project' PM, Jun 17, 1994
Today's document shows Philip Morris using its public relations company, Burson Marsteller (BM), to organize yet another one of these "sound science" front groups to allow PM to favorably influence politicians and disseminate its own information about the health effects of its products in Europe. PM and BM worked to hide the extensive Philip Morris involvement in assembling the "Sound Science Project" of 1994. Even the scientists who were approached for the project were skeptical of tobacco industry (and specifically Philip Morris) involvement, as this document frankly notes: ...some of the scientists have themselves raised the questions of relations to the tobacco industry as a critical issue.... BM also noted how disclosure of PM involvement could doom the entire plan:
Please note that you must not use the outcome of ...the interviews with scientists in a Philip Morris approach to the identified scientists because that could distort and jeopardize the entire operation..."
Moreover, BM worked to persuade companies other than Philip Morris to act co-sponsors of the "Sound Science Project," for, as they noted, if people detected that PM was the only sponsor of these seminars, the credibility of the scientists, and the entire project, would go out the window:
It is absolutely vital that we succeed in getting funding of the seminar from a broader group of sponsors than just PM...because otherwise we would not be able to ensure the credibility of the seminar in relation to the scientists. And if the seminar has not got that credibility, then outcomes of the meeting will not have great value.

00/08/01 PM calaculates Italian smoking trendsPM, Jul 28, 1986
Isn't it strange . . . that just a few short years ago PM's calculation of future cigarette consumption in Italy would be based in part on the cigarette consumption of what PM itself it refers to as "underage smokers," and would discuss,
The youngest adult segment, ages 15-24
PM also acknowledges that anti-smoking campaigns and social pressures really do work to lower the smoking rate,
Anti-smoking campaigns and social pressure against smoking influence the numbers of people who stop smoking
but the document also says that PM needn't worry too much about this because,
In the medium term the effect [of these campaigns and social pressures] will not be as strong because of the existence of a large reserve of young smokers.
PM also discusses how the symbolism of smoking is an important marketing tool influencing youngsters to smoke:
Smoking has been a symbol of emancipation and has been a very important factor influencing those who start smoking.

00/07/29 Walgreens: Ally of the Tobacco Institute TI, Mar 16, 1977
The Tobacco Institute engaged retailers--including health-related establishments like drug stores - to defend the tobacco industry in the "smoking and health controversy." A confidential 1977 memo to William Kloepfer (of the Tobacco Institute) from Horace Kornegay (also of the TI) discusses the possibility that the Walgreens Drugstore chain may help them promote disinformation about the link cigarettes and health . . . Indeed, the Tobacco Institute pursued their plan, sending a letter to Walgreens describing how Majik Markets had helped them, and proposing Walgreens do the same (at TI expense) . . . Walgreens was extremely eager to help:
We are exploring the possibilities of an information program which will help both the tobacco industry and ourselves... [a]s an established "health center", there are many, many things we can do to "gain and maintain the understanding and support of the public.

00/07/31 Health warnings sell cigarettes PM, Oct 19, 1973
Overseas, mandatory health warnings that the industry had to place on American cigarettes proved to be a boon. The warnings assured overseas buyers that the cigarettes were the genuine article, really coming from the U.S.A., so demand for cigarettes with warnings on them increased.
The thought occurs to me that practically the whole world now knows that both British and American cigarettes carry a warning notice. As far as I know, no other brands carry any particular legend except "made in U.S.A." in small letters and the ultimate consumers might smoke more of these health notice cigarettes, because they are assured by the notice that they are American made.

00/07/23 PM Marketing Marlboros in Vietnam PM, Jun, 1994
Philip Morris made plans to market Marlboro cigarettes in Vietnam, noting that it was illegal to sell foreign cigarettes there ("Need to manufacture locally to properly market Marlboro in Vietnam"). They also noted that cigarette advertising was prohibited in Vietnamese media, that the smoking rate among Vietnamese men was a phenomenal 80%, that the overall smoking rate among adults was 40% . . . that the average per capita income in Vietnam was US $220 per year, that a pack of cigarettes sold for $1.00, and the average Vietnamese smoker smoked 11 "sticks" (cigarettes) per day. If one does the math, though, one finds the average Vietnamese smoker spending an amount almost equal to his annual per capita income on cigarettes each year... (about US $200).

00/07/26 PM's ETS Plan, Nordic Area '87 PM, 1987
This report outlines, bullet by bullet, PM's hard-hitting corporate plan to attack the secondhand smoke issue in northern Europe. Aimed at reversing the declining social acceptability of smoking in the Nordic area, it includes crafting a "second opinion" about the health effects of ETS, "building smokers' self-esteem," creating an "airline milieu" to use as a venue for offering their own information, putting on "healthy building seminars" using Gray Robertson's company, ACVA (which later became Healthy Buildings International, after Philip Morris took it over) and an extensive media plan for assuring that PM's point of view stretches to reach virtually every citizen of northern Europe--without a single soul knowing that it is PM's point of view. The entire document is spectacular in its own right for the level of detail it reveals about PM's all-encompassing battle tactics to fight health measures. Their plans even include a diversionary "white-hat" proposal for currying favor among Nordic-area politicians while they clandestinely fight pro-health legislation:
Prepare plan for approaching other issues in society (AIDS, traffic, etc.), offering statistical material and helping them to get more funds for their projects. . . 4. Build IAQ [indoor air quality] industry and science without visible tobacco industry presence.

00/07/21 Blaming the smoker BAT
This British American Tobacco Company document explores several working hypotheses that were under consideration by the Tobacco Research Council (TRC), an industry group that charged itself with discovering "what really causes cancer." Naturally, one of the hypotheses of the industry was that the smoker causes his own cancer due to his/her genetic makeup. If they could only find out who was predisposed to getting cancer, and then persuade these people not to smoke, then --voila'!--they could completely eliminate the statistical association between smoking and lung cancer! This document also gives us an example of which "eminent research workers" the members of the TRC held in high esteem. . .
One of the most eminent research workers in the field of nicotine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Richard Bing of Detroit, has said, 'I think that it is all right for a healthy man to smoke as far as the heart is concerned because, just like bicycling, it increases coronary flow -- and it is a lot easier because one can do it lying down.'

00/07/13 RJR on the psychological needs of children RJR, Jul 3, 1974
This document shows how closely the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company dissected the psychological needs of children, understanding how desperately they need to gain confidence, bolster their self-image, cope with boredom, conform with peers, appear sexually precocious, cope with life's transitions, and be respected as a grown up. What is a society to do when they find out, as we have, that corporations hawking addictive, deadly products have a microscope on the psychological needs of children in this manner?

00/07/12 PM: dogs, rats, smokers PM, Oct 19, 1977
Smokers and rats have a lot in common, according to Philip Morris. A rat can be taught to push a lever to get a food pellet, and a smoker can be taught to pull out a cigarette and smoke it for his "reward." Likewise, just as Pavlov's dog could be taught to salivate at the mere sound of a bell, so can a smoker be conditioned. According to Philip Morris, these are the socio-psychological aspects of smoking... This document contains the musings not of a mad scientist, but of a Philip Morris (PM) researcher charged with figuring out exactly what makes smokers smoke--so PM can do more of it. The researcher explains why PM needs to study the brainwaves, blood nicotine levels and central nervous systems of smokers: so they can find out how to increase the smokers' "rewards." Sounds a lot like doctors talking about treating a patient, doesn't it? There are only a few differences: there is no doctor's license required, there is no oversight, no limit on types or quantities of chemicals that can be used... and, in fact, there are NO regulations here AT ALL. The tobacco industry has free reign to manipulate people's bodies whatever way they see fit to make them buy more cigarettes. They are a self-styled pharmaceutical agent with no rules being applied. This document says quite clearly that Philip Morris' charter is to:
Study the psychology of the smoker in search of information that can increase corporate profits.

00/07/10 Philip Morris considers smear tactics PM, Mar 29, 1985
Philip Morris Tobacco Company's (PM) top management contemplated using smear tactics to deter the most effective public health advocates. A quote from this document targets John Banhaf, the attorney who successfully applied the Fairness Doctrine to get the first anti-smoking ads on TV in the late 1960s. In exploring ways they could cool the zeal of tobacco control advocates, this PM document states:
Possibly, too, we can discredit our critics. John Banzhaf for example, is alleged to be involved in the porno industry. Can't we use this somehow? If we start to dig around, we will certainly find anomalies which we can exploit...
Another idea was to commission the writing of a book on the "anti-industry industry" to show the public how much money tobacco control advocates are making off their pursuits (!) But perhaps most prophetic statement (in light of the current punitive damages phase of the Engle trial in Florida) is the line saying that they have
to work to establish a mind-set in the public at large that bankrupting huge industries such as tobacco is unthinkable....It just has to be possible to demonstrate that large industries cannot be made to disappear without extremely grave consequences...

00/06/27 Methyl Bromide residue on tobacco PM, Oct 10, 1983
Methyl bromide is a highly toxic fumigant used within the tobacco industry to control an insect called "cigarette beetle." It has no warning properties, such as smell, taste or color. Today's document says, among other things, that "When heated to decomposition, [methyl bromide] emits highly toxic fumes of bromides." Of course, this would be the fate of any residues remaining on tobacco leaves that makes it into cigarettes. It also says that the most significant route of exposure of methyl bromide is through the lungs. A 1984 Philip Morris internal memo reveals the concern within Philip Morris about use of this potent chemical poison:
Recently, there have been more rumblings about methyl bromide at the EPA, and I enclose a portion of the letter...which was sent by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc...On page 2,...the Council makes some statement about methyl bromide's toxicity. I bring this to your attention to focus once again on the need to remove methyl bromide from our tobacco processing operations.

00/06/26 The tobacco industry and African Americans Lorillard, Jun 22, 1984
This is a letter from the president of Black Media, Inc. (a New York City-based African-American media company) to the vice president of the Philip Morris Tobacco Company, an apparent response to a solicitation for general support from the African-American community. I found this letter surprising for the extremely fervent support it shows that the African American community gave the tobacco industry (particularly surprising in light of the "Uptown Revolt" that occured just a few short years later). . . In empathizing so strontly with the tobacco industry's woes, however, the writer of this letter goes so far as to compare the prejudice and racial bigotry suffered by African Americans with the strong anti-tobacco sentiment welling up in the U.S.:
...because we as Black Americans have long felt the brutal blows of bold, bigoted and unbecoming behavior. In other words, we are in a position such that we can empathize almost totally with you.
This letter indicates that a very powerful vein of support for Big Tobacco emanated (and may still emanate) from some facets of the African-American community.

00/06/25 Duping "YAMS" with DavePM, Aug 10, 1994
Philip Morris was faced with a marketing dilemma: the newest generation of nicotine addicts, "Generation Xers," was growing up. Gen X'ers are very conscious of logos and name-brands, especially males (or, as PM refers to them, YAMS - Young Adult Male Smokers). YAMS must have the highest quality and authenticity in everything they buy. The problem is, YAMS are cheap, broke and desperate. How can a Gen-X YAM possibly feel good about smoking (or feel good about himself) when he is relegated to purchasing those cheap, discount cigarettes with staid, generic names like "Basic" and "GPC"? He can't. In order to win this crowd's business, PM had to make it emotionally easy for Gen-Xers to buy Philip Morris' deeply-discounted cigs. This called for all new imagery, attached to a whole new brand of cigarettes--one made by a cool, young, honest, authentic, trustworthy and hard-working guy (with a pickup truck!) named "Dave."
In their heart of hearts, they would like to feel that when they buy a discount brand, it's because they choose to -- not because they happen to be cheap, broke, or desperate. . . While speaking to YAMS in their language, Dave further strengthens the emotional connection, trust and belief in his product.

00/06/22 High cig prices stimulate quitting PM, Mar 4, 1993
For a government bearing the costs of smoking, one way to recoup those cost while simultaneously helping more people quit smoking would be to increase the taxes on cigarettes. Philip Morris (who analyzes every marketing quirk, including what makes people quit smoking ) confirms this and makes the case for increased tobacco taxes very well by confirming that:
A high cigarette price, more than any other cigarette attribute, has the most dramatic impact on the share of the quitting population.

00/06/21 The Development of Tobacco Industry Strategy TI, Apr 16, 1982
This document shows: 1) That the tobacco companies joined together to employ a unified strategy in facing its multiple challenges, 2) That they considered public health efforts to be a threat to their products, and felt such a threat needed to be counteracted as though a mere political game, 3) That their "solution" was implementing "good guy" public relations programs, including "youth programs." Far from implementing socially-conscious programs for altruistic reasons, the tobacco industry says quite plainly:
The potential positive outcomes of [the tobacco industry] adopting [socially-conscious] programs of this nature may be: * increased goodwill and reputation of the tobacco industry... * the ability to affect the problem areas that most concern the tobacco industry and simultaneously obtain tax benefits * a more sophisticated understanding by government of the needs/behaviors of industry. For example, a program to discourage teens from smoking...might prevent or delay further regulation of the tobacco industry. A fire safety program which emphasizes all potential fire hazards would demonstrate the industry's concern for public safety.

00/06/19 Marlboro advertising in Beirut PM, Jul, 1993
While reading this document it occurred to me that Philip Morris' (PM) actually uses the poverty of these countries to allow them to plunge their advertising more deeply into these cultures. For example, these countries lack sufficient funds for public works, like refurbishing bridges and sidewalks and adding lighting to underground tunnels. This was an opportunity for PM to engage in a sort of "public-works advertising." They would provide funds to refurbish these bridges, roundabouts and pedestrian-ways and add lighting to the dark tunnels in Beirut in exchange for the ability to place large, prominent "Marlboro" signage ("branding") at the entrances to these tunnels, bridges, etc. What underfunded municipality wouldn't drool at such an offer of financial assistance to help "improve" their town in exchange for a mere sign? Furthermore, PM planned to place its "Marlboro" logos on roadways where they would be adjacent to public signage imploring people to "Drive Safely" and "Walk Safely." Hmmmm...could it be that the placement of the "Marlboro" logo adjacent to messages of safety is an accident? Not according to this document.
Marlboro Tunnel Entrance Branding: Placement of Marlboro branding at the entrance of two major tunnels with "Drive Safely" statements. Tunnel's illumination system to be provided by PM in return for the placement of previously mentioned signs. . . Marlboro Pedestrian Bridge Branding: Refurbishment of 5 pedestrian bridges within the Greater Beirut area in return for which MARLBORO branded signs would be placed with "Walk Safely" statements.

00/06/20 Negro smokers and menthol PM, Sep, 1968
This Philip Morris paper documents a 1968 focus group session held with African-American smokers to probe their attitudes towards menthol cigarettes. Perhaps most interesting was the realization that many smokers "discover" menthol cigarettes when they are sick--have a cold or sore throat. Also, people in this focus group understood that smoking was unhealthy, but they were also under the impression that menthol cigarettes were "better" for their health than regular cigarettes. The realization by Philip Morris that this belief was widespread, and their subesquent lack of corporate action to correct this misinformation, could be considered a crime against society.
There are indications that menthols tend to be considered as generally "better for one's health." That impression refers not only to the health of the respiratory tract, but the whole organism. The majority view is that menthols are "less strong" and regular cigarettes, and that a cigarette which is "less strong" is better for a person's health.

00/06/18 PM/TI Corporate affairs: Italy PM/TI, Aug 24, 1994
The multinational tobacco companies came together to form a European version of the Tobacco Institute called the "Zurich Club," whose purpose was to address environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), social acceptability and advertising issues in Europe. One of the stated objectives of the Zurich Club was to "Develop pro-smoking groups in principal Italian cities." . . The Zurich Club was funded by Philip Morris (PM), R.J. Reynolds (RJR), British American Tobacco Corporation (BAT) and the Rothman's and Reentsma tobacco companies. . . The Zurich Club's influence in Italy was tremendous. It influenced media and government by providing politicians and journalists with free trips to the Grand Prix, Golf World Cup Roma, motorcycling events, sailing events, other sports and cultural events--and also free visits to their cigarette factories. It also provided a Christmas party for all Italian journalists, created a book, "Sketches of Smoke" ("a photography book covering all the most popular past and present smokers, taken by the greatest photographers in the world"), and gave out corporate gifts. The writer of this memo recommends that PM "participate actively" as "ghost leaders" of associations and cultural institutes in order to "[increase our] network of political contacts and promote PM as an outstanding and socially involved company."

00/06/14 1 person, 672 callsTI, Sep 14, 1989
This untitled, handwritten letter reveals an individual attempting to influence a phone-in television news poll that asked viewers to call in and say whether they favored banning smoking on airline flights or not. This informant reports that NO smokers the TV station interviewed at the airport responded that they would stop flying if a smoking ban was enacted.
I phoned in 100 times and got the "beep" indicating vote recorded. A friend called in 672 times! I didn't tune into KOMO-TV until around 6:30 PM and as I recall, the poll was 60/40 then! Why no changes by next morning?
It is a homage to tobacco control efforts that two pro-tobacco activists can generate 772 calls to a phone-in poll in Seatlle in 1989 and the results STILL reflected a landslide in favor of smoking restrictions.

00/06/14 PM front group: MN Coalition of Responsible Retailers PM, 1992
In the early 1990s, Minnesotans were successfully enacting tobacco control measures in their communities and the tobacco industry was incurring important losses at both the local and state levels in Minnesota. Something had to be done. The tobacco industry couldn't just LET people enact laws of their own choosing. Existing retail organizations were just not doing Philip Morris' (PM's) bidding. Worse, tobacco was just not a top priority for most of Minnesota's retailers, who were concerned about many other issues as well. To remedy this situation, PM took it upon itself to organize a new statewide retailer coalition (with the trust-inducing name), the "Minnesota Coalition of Responsible Retailers," expressly for the purpose of defeating tobacco control ordinances at the local level throughout Minnesota. Today's featured document is a joint proposal from a public relations specialist and an attorney to organize this group for PM. . . Question: How many other states have Philip Morris-created "retailer coalitions" that exist expressly to oppose ordinances requested by citizens to control the spread of deadly, addictive products within their communities?

00/06/12 PM: Chew causes cancer (1982) PM, Apr 8, 1982
In this personal and confidential internal Philip Morris (PM) memo from 1982, PM's highest-ranking officers reveal their complete awareness of, as they put it, the "untoward biological effects" of smokeless tobacco. In this memo the Director of Research at Philip Morris actually goes so far as to tell PM's Chief Executive Officer: "I believe the correlation between use of [smokeless tobacco] and oral cancer is quite strong..." Yet despite this clear acknowledgment (behind closed doors) of the correlation between chewing tobacco and the onset of oral cancer, "scientific witnesses" from the Smokeless Tobacco Council insisted in a 1985 Reader's Digest article that "no undisputed scientific evidence exists proving its product causes any human disease..." That article was entitled "Sean Marsee's Smokeless Death," and described the ordeal of a high school track star from Oklahoma who died of oral cancer at age 19 after using spit tobacco from the age of 12.
In response to your request of March 29th, I have had a search made on the biological effects of smokeless tobacco which would include fine cut chewing tobacco, moist snuff and other related products. As you will see from the attached paper, there are a number of untoward biological effects associated with these materials. I believe the correlation between use of these substances and oral cancer is quite strong.

00/06/10 Philip Morris on economics of smoking bans PM, Jul 8, 1994
...the economic arguments often used by the industry to scare off smoking ban activity were no longer working, if indeed they ever did. These arguments simply had no credibility with the public, which isn't surprising when you consider our dire predictions in the past rarely came true.

PM's answer to the onslaught of popular smoking ban efforts, though, is to remove people's rights at the state level (preemption). PM's multi-pronged strategy to fight local clean-indoor air efforts, according to this document, is as follows:
Step 1) Introduce legislation to scatter the antis' resources,
Step 2) Pursue "accommodation" laws in a few localities to divert the anti's resources,
Step 3) Slap a lawsuit on a large city that enacts a smoking ban so it serves as an example to leaders of other towns the "trouble" they, too, will bring upon themselves if they are so brash as to yield to their citizens' desires for a clean indoor air ordinance, and
Step 4) Place a Philip Morris initiative on the state ballot.

This is a straightforward example of corporate abuse of the initiative system for profit protection.

PM's reasons for fighting smoking bans are also contained here. As Tina Walls (Vice-President of PM State Government Affairs) put it on page one of this document:
The immediate implication [of smoking bans] for our business is clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line.

00/06/04 Minnesota Legislative Action Plan PM, Oct 1987
This report discusses the reasons why things weren't going the tobacco industry's way in Minnesota, and what they planned about it. It is a road map for how to control Minnesota's state legislature and the media.
From April 6, 1987, to adjournment, a continuous, six-day-per-week phone bank was targeted specifically to Tax Committee members in the House and Senate. This...coordinated stream of calls was directed to retailers, wholesalers, all retail tobacco licensees and local activists. An initial 6,700 post cards were mailed to selected retail contacts supplied by R.J. Reynolds. An extensive letter-writing program was generated by Philip Morris... A second wave of Philip Morris targeted letter-writing was a mailing of 10,000 packets to previous volunteers urging hand-written letters to legislators in both houses... The third wave of Philip Morris targeted letter-writing was a re-contact program...Even though we blanketed the state with industry-generated, professionally prepared, targeted and timed grassroots activity, the missing factor was the human component.

00/06/03 Radioactive Cigarettes PM, Apr 2, 1980
This confidential Philip Morris (PM) memorandum from 1980 reveals that PM knew that smoke from their cigarettes contained radioactive lead and polonium, and that it was derived from the uranium in the calcium phosphate fertilizers that were regularly used on tobacco-growing soils. As the writer of this memo states most straightforwardly, 210-Pb [radioactive lead] and 210-Po [radioactive polonium] are present in tobacco and smoke.... They also knew that switching to another fertilizer could probably help the situation. Here's what they had to say about that: "..using ammonium phosphate instead of calcium phosphate as fertilizer is probably a valid but expensive point....

00/06/02 Tort Reform is a Philip Morris program PM, 1996
This document is a timeline for implementation of Philip Morris' key proactive programs. It reveals that tort reform is actually a program of the Philip Morris Tobacco Company (PM)! Tort reform is altering the rules of the American justice system to better suit PM's corporate interests. PM implemented tort reform alongside its "Preemption/Accommodation program," the goal of which was to enact state laws that eliminate cities' and towns' rights to enact their own, more restrctive laws regulating smoking behavior and cigarette sales.

00/06/01 "Make our hat whiter, theirs blacker"TI, Jun 13, 1996
This document provides a road map of how the tobacco industry defeats initiatives to increase taxes on cigarettes. The document, Proposed Advertising Strategy to Defeat Measure 70, is authored by "Fairness Matters to Oregonians." "Fairness Matters" was a front group headed by Mark Nelson, the campaign director for the Tobacco Institute's Oregon Executive Committee, which was supported through contributions from Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and the American Tobacco Companies. Nelson also owned a company called Public Affairs Counsel (PAC), which contracted with tobacco companies to defeat ballot measures. In another document, Nelson boasts,
PAC has successfully managed and defeated every anti-tobacco initiative put forward in Oregon since 1988.
He also boasts that PAC "lobbies on behalf of RJR and the Southland Corporation."(PM 2062523122/3156, from 1/24/96)
"Create an environment where there are some doctors on our side (of health care reform) and some doctors against us--make voters a little uneasy about who the good guys really are.

00/05/30 "To Do" list for killing cig taxes (MN) TI, Mar 4, 1991
As evidenced by the following quotes, the tobacco industry's actions include setting up fake "grassroots" campaigns to oppose the tax, ( "...A grassroots campaign utilizing the sales forces of the tobacco companies and wholesalers,"), setting up phone banks and employing the cigarette company's coupon stuffers to call legislators, and generating "fake" letters-to-the editor whose true origins are buried ("...Letters to the editor written by PM and signed by 3rd parties obtained by PM."), and, of course, by generating cynical "Thank You" letters written by cross-border cigarette retailers who could benefit from the increased business the tax might generate for them . . . It appears from this document that the considerable opposition to such a tax increase is generated, funded and orchestrated almost wholly by the tobacco industry. In the absence of the tobacco industry's meddling, one must wonder how easily such measures would pass?

00/05/29 Philip Morris on "Pulmonary eroticism" PM, Jul 1, 1972
In this fascinating paper by Philip Morris Tobacco Company's Research Center's William L. Dunn, the scientist hypothesizes that smoking is a sexual act. The author then expounds on this analogy to explain the virtues of nicotine and its role in human existence. . .
1) No one has ever become a cigarette smoker by smoking cigarettes without nicotine. 2) Most of the physiological responses to inhaled smoke have been shown to be nicotine-related. 3) Despite many low nicotine brand entries into the market-place, none of them have captured a substantial segment of the market.... Why then is there not a market for nicotine per se, to be eaten, sucked, drunk, injected inserted or inhaled as a pure aerosol? The answer, and I feel quite strongly about this, is that the cigarette is in fact among the most awe-inspiring examples of the ingenuity of man.

00/05/28 PM Padding the resultsPM, Feb 17, 1984
The majority of people are nonsmokers. This was even true back in 1984. In addition, most people prefer to have clean, fresh air in enclosed spaces. So when the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) considered eliminating smoking in commercial aircraft cabins in 1984, how could it have been that fully 72% of people writing in about the proposed measure opposed it? This document shows how. Among the pile of letters in opposition to the smoking ban, the chairman of the CAB found one with the following printed on it, In preparing your letter, please use plain paper or personal letterhead and a plain envelope. Do not use Philip Morris letterhead or envelopes." . . . Q: In how many similar cases of proposed clean indoor measures has Philip Morris meddled in order to change the perception of public opinion on this subject?

00/05/25 TI dream: curing acne? TI, Jun 19, 1974
The tobacco industry spends millions of dollars on research that ironically reveals no link between smoking and cancer, and is of conspicuously little use and value overall. This would seem to the average person to be quite a waste of dollars. However, this document show a revealing rationale for why the tobacco industry saw fit to press on paying for what appeared to be fruitless research: if they could even just stumble upon a cure for some other minor malady, then at least they could get the victims of that malady on their side! This document is also interesting because it exposes the notion by industry executives that they would be well-served by setting up their own panel of scientific experts to evaluate, review and summarize their own fruitless, internally-funded research.
I believe it will be difficult for the Industry to establish credibility unless the public knows that we have been and are continuing to try to find out what causes disease (specifically cancer) rather than to exonerate cigarettes. For instance, if we could even show that we had found a cure for acne we would at least have the acne victims on our side...

00/05/19 Extramural & Defensive Activities: Strictly Confidential PM, Jul 8, 1983
In this document, Philip Morris (PM) emerges not only as the "bully on the block" in our communities (as we try to obtain clean indoor air ordinances) but also among other tobacco companies. For example, note PM's objective:
OBJECTIVE -2: The further extension and deepening of scientific contacts within NMA's [National Manufacturer's Associations] ...and industry organisations...in order to enhance PM leadership and and to make prevail PM policies, PM strategies and PM approaches to common problems.
This document also shows that PM attempts to influence, if not control, the standardizing organizations that carry out measurements on cigarettes:
OBJECTIVE -3: Further deepening of contacts by PM experts with standardising organizations and with institutions that carry out control measurements on cigarettes, ingredients or other relevant commodities in order to assure that PM products are measured correctly throughout the World...
Also contained within this document is a clear admission that PM worked to influence the "free" science surrounding their products, by "modifyingthe opinions" of individual scientists and "preceding their interventions with government agencies.":
A continuing effort to be made for contacting individual scientists or officials to modify their opinions, to precede their interventions with national government agencies and to activate other defensive industry responses through National Manufacturer's Associations (NMA's), Infotab, etc.

00/05/18 BAT on smoking in the Year 2000 BAT, Apr 4, 1979
This 1979 document lists the tobacco industry's predictions for the year 2000 about what they expect will affect their future sales and marketing worldwide. Note BAT's dependence upon the increasing smoking incidence among young women in Africa, Latin America and Asia to keep overall smoking incidence up in these areas (as per these quotes:)It is also clear that the industry used low tar products to "reassure" smokers who were concerned about health, to help make them more comfortable about maintaining their addiction
Low tar products will eventually and substantially define the tobacco business. This will serve as an important mechanism for reassuring smokers.

00/05/15 Dealing with Issues Indirectly: Constituencies PM, Sep 13, 1984
This is a transcript of a workshop given at Philip Morris' (PM) 1984 Corporate Affairs World Conference in Rye Brook, New York, wherein PM employees got a lesson in how to work through third parties to achieve credibility, power, leverage and gain access to places they otherwise could never gain access. It is a fascinating look into the building blocks of Philip Morris' now widespread corporate strategy. As the speaker says, to be successful Philip Morris had to be willing to:
...create vehicles to ride on, to put things together in fact to invent things that didn't exist before, coalitions, associations, institutes, seminars, meetings, all kinds of things like that . . . Example. The self-extinguishing cigarette. Who would normally be involved in the self-extinguishing cigarette on the other side of the fence? Probably the fire-fighting community. As you know in the United States, we have put a huge amount of time into helping all the organized groups of professional and volunteer fire-fighters. They get such help from us that is monumental. And then when we need them to stand up and say, not cigarettes that cause fire in 99.9 percent of the cases, we get their cooperation. But that's because we have cultivated them helped them achieve some of their goals and we have seen that they are a potential enemy that has real credibility. That's the greatest credibility, your potential enemy. We had turned them around and made allies, third party defenders for ourselves.

00/05/14 Philip Morris' public health foundation (Europe) PM, Sep 1, 1991
In this document, PM's Dr. Helmut Gaisch proposes that PM form a foundation that would become THE definitive scientific and public health authority for all of Europe. PM's scientific Foundation would surpass the authority of even the World Health Organization, and position itself as THE source of information that politicians turn to for advice on question of public health and welfare. PM's foundation would be beyond reproach, bestowed with an extremely prestigious, politician-laden board that would place it out of reach from lowly political attacks and bestow it with authority." The Foundation would address "life-style advocacy programmes, questions of preservation of personal dignity, enjoyment of life and freedom of choice...(3) Environmental concerns....with regards to... personal well-being, recreational needs..." PM's aim was to create a powerful scientific authority that would enable it to manipulate public policy throughout Europe and achieve a lasting impact on society...

00/05/13 Justifying The Social Cost PM, Nov. 20, 1978
What the tobacco industry (TI) can and cannot discuss publicly receives quite a bit of consideration between the industry and its public relations arms. With regard to the "social costs" argument against smoking (the idea that smokers cost society more in lost work time, treatment, hospitalization, etc.), TI public relations firms like this one, Campbell Johnson, Ltd., mused that with a general lengthening of the expectation of life we really need something for people to die of. " To explain people's overall blase' reaction to information that tobacco can kill, Campbell Johnson explains to the Tobacco Advisory Council (TAC), that for the wealthier, more developed countries, in the absence of
"[W]ar, poverty and starvation...cancer, as the disease of the rich... may have some predestined part to play. The argument is obviously not one that the tobacco industry could use publicly. But its weight, as a psychological factor in perpetuating people's taste for smoking as an enjoyable if risky habit, should not be under-estimated.

00/05/10 "Operation Downunder's" European Counterpart PM, Feb 21, 1988
This document reveals clearly that Philip Morris was the instigator in the conspiracy among the worldwide tobacco companies to cover up the health risks of secondhand smoke. Here's the definitive line from this document that makes this clear: The strategic objective for S&T PME is to go beyond the establishment of a controversy concerning an alleged ETS health risk but to disperse the suspicion of risk." The document also discusses PM's effort to pull other manufacturers into their plan to get assistance with funding, and their use of attorneys (Covington and Burling) as "intermediaries" in the cover-up. (Use of attorneys enabled them to label information about this project as confidential to protect it under "attorney-client privilege").

00/05/04 The real reasons for 'youth programs'TI, Jan 29, 1991
This helpful document explains the real reason why the tobacco industry has (and widely promotes) " youth programs." Such programs " ...support The Institute's objective of discouraging unfair and counterproductive federal, state and local restrictions on cigarette advertising..." They also have the purpose of " Reinforcing the belief that peer pressure - not advertising - is the cause of youth smoking." But most importantly, enacting and promoting youth programs assist them in " Seizing the political center and forcing the anti-smokers to an extreme... " The " fairly simple" strategy of the Tobacco Institute, in its own words, is to Bait anti-tobacco forces to criticize industry efforts. Focus media attention on anti's extremism. Anticipate and blunt antis' strongest points. and " Work with the through credible child welfare professionals and educators to tackle the 'problem,' " ...Note how the word " problem" is contained in quotation marks, as though it is not being taken seriously. Interestingly, nowhere in this document does it state that the purpose of their youth programs is to reduce youth smoking.

00/05/03 The Roper Proposal PM, May 1, 1972:
This memo was written by the Tobacco Institute's Vice President of Public Relations, Fred Panzer, in 1972. Mr. Panzer is concocting a way to prolong the "cigarette controversy" and thus turn around the "deteriorating situation" in which the tobacco industry found itself. . . The tobacco industry took polls which showed that idea #2 was the one that was most believable to most people. Thus, Mr. Panzer conceived of commissioning a "study" that would concur with, and promote this hypothesis. To give the study weight and credibility, it would be designed by "prestige figures" and "hopefully published by a legitimate house." It would then be delivered to the White House, Congress, the Cabinet, State Governors, the Senate, medical universities, etc. and then released in book form (both hard back and paper back). As a book, it would thus be easily promoted through all the legitimate avenues: talk shows, book reviews, interviews, ads, condensations in magazines, etc. Then, the key influentials and opinion leaders thus "educated," they would help buffalo millions of people into believing that indeed everything but smoking could be blamed for inducing smokers' illnesses.
..best of all, [the proposed book] would only have to be seen -- not read -- to be believed...just like the Surgeon General's report.
00/05/01 L&M-1961: Pleasurable, poisonous, carcinogenic PM, Mar 15, 1961
This confidential, "limited" Liggett & Meyers Tobacco Company document is a very straightforward confirmation that by 1961 the tobacco industry knew that:
1. There are biologically active materials present in cigarette tobacco. These are: a) cancer causing (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif (http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)) cancer promoting c) poisonous d) stimulating, pleasurable, and flavorful.
What's more, this industry consultant who wrote this paper used the terms "causative precursors in tobacco" and "causative agent products" several times in referring to the cancer-causing and promoting chemicals in their products. Publicly, though, at this same time the industry was creating doubt and "controversy" about the causation relationship between tobacco use and illness... Even despite this very clear and early acknowledgment of the health effects of their products, tobacco companies still oppose cancer victims in court, and try to create doubt that tobacco products could have contributed to the victims' cancers.

00/04/30 "Reducing" tar levels PM, Apr 19, 1993
This telex from the Philip Morris (PM) document site reveals how PM "cooperated" with the European Economic Community's (EEC) mandate to reduce tar levels in cigarettes--without actually reducing tar levels at all. Instead, they offered to standardize the procedures used among 23 European countries to test for tar levels. It took them three years to do this, but by doing so, they and managed to develop a new testing procedure that reported lower tar levels in their products by 1 milligram--without any real change in the product itself.
The 3 year effort resulted in a new method (now known as the 'New Iso') which reduces the smoke delivery results by about 1 mg at the 16 mg level. The Marlboro sold in the EEC was initially delivering about 15.5 mg, prior to any analytical methodology change. When the new system was implemented, the deliveries were around 14.5 mg, but remember, no product change ever took place.

00/04/29 Solvent residues in cigarettes RJR, Apr 27, 1984
In addition to contaminants such as worms and insect larvae, "barn foam," (the polystyrene foam insulation used in tobacco drying barns) and insecticide and fungicide residues, the migration of solvents into cigarettes from their packaging is a problem. The solvents are used in the manufacture of the packaging. This R.J. Reynolds acknowledges that the presence of "retained solvents" in cigarettes from packaging creates "throat sting, harshness and an aftertaste." This makes it clear that such solvent residues are indeed being inhaled by consumers. No mention is made in this document, however, about the possible health effects that could occur from the repeated inhalation of (pyrolized) solvent residues that have migrated from their packaging into their cigarettes.
Dr. John Woods and Mr. Bob Shore presented an overview of why retained solvents were a product detriment. They explained that when solvent odors are detected in labels and said labels are used to package cigarettes, throat sting, harshness and an aftertaste result. It was also noted that when smooth tasting MARLBORO cigarettes are used to replace WINSTONs in a package with known levels of retained solvents, the Marlboro also attains stingy, harsh character and an aftertaste.

00/04/26 RJR on the 'youth market' RJR, Mar 8, 1973
According to this document taken from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR) site, 14 year old smokers were not just a viable, but a very sought after market for RJR:
Many manufacturers have 'studied' the 14-20 market in hopes of uncovering the 'secret' of the instant popularity some brands enjoy to the almost complete exclusion of others (as shown above). Creating a 'fad' in this market can be a great bonanza.

00/04/26 Decline in growth of Marlboro RedPM, May 21, 1975
The Philip Morris Tobacco Company says they don't market to children and teenagers. In fact, they now run frequent "kids don't smoke" television ads. That's quite a switch from their stance as revealed in this 1975 internal memorandum, wherein writer Myron Johnston of Philip Morris, discusses market penetration of Marlboro Red among 15-17 year olds. Johnston reveals his conclusion is based on "his own data," as stated in this passage:
Most of these studies have been restricted to people age 18 and over, but my own data, which includes younger teenagers, shows even higher Marlboro market penetration among 15-17 year olds.

00/04/24 Public favors smoking restrictions RJR, Oct 31, 1977
The mid-1970's were somewhat of a "magic moment." The efforts of voluntary health organizations, the government and GASPS to educate people about the dangers of tobacco had kicked in, but the tobacco industry did not yet have a highly-financed and well-orchestrated response to these efforts. During this time, the Tobacco Institute (TI) commissioned the Roper organization to poll people to get a sense of the public's attitude towards smoking restrictions. The TI's poll revealed that people (including smokers) favored restrictions on public smoking--by a wide margin. The poll further revealed that the number of people favoring such restrictions was growing steadily.

00/04/19 Fungicide Residue Exceeded Safe Limit BAT, May 4, 1990
I have been told by a reliable source that ethylene thiourea (ETU) is a carcinogenic break down product of a fungicide used on oriental tobacco (ethylthiocarbamate). While the industry was aware that at least one European country (Germany) had a regulatory limit of 0.05 ppm of ETU for food products, this document reveals that several tobacco companies were aware that levels of this chemical far exceeded acceptable risk limits in their oriental tobaccos:
RJR and PM estimate that smoke EBDC + ETU levels will far exceed above the risk level. Both companies claim measured average EBDC levels across their oriental of 12-15 ppm...

00/04/18 PM fears decline in teen smokers PM, Mar 31, 1981
In just a few short days Philip Morris will hold its annual stockholder meeting wherein the company's leaders are bound to re-emphasize how they don't want kids to smoke . . . This document reveals exactly the opposite: that Philip Morris closely monitored teen smoking prevalence and was desperate that the rate of teen smoking had dropped markedly by the early 1980s. In this document, a Philip Morris marketing analyst worriedly declares that according to trends, teen smoking would decrease even further by 1985, and describes this decrease as a demographic trend that was "turning against us.
For over 15 years certain demographic and social trends have been moving in directions favorable to industry growth. Now, one by one, these powerful social and demographic factors are turning against us, and by 1985 all will be operating against us. The trends are: 1. After increasing for over a decade, the prevalence of teenage smoking is now declining sharply. 2. After increasing for over a decade, the average daily consumption of teenager smokers is declining. 3. After increasing 38 percent from 1967 to 1976, the absolute number of 15-19 year-olds will decline 19 percent during the 1980's

00/04/17 RJR on pesticides in mainstream smoke RJR, Jun 21, 1972
When people smoke cigarettes, in addition to the chemical additives, worm larvae, polystyrene foam ("barn foam") and other contaminants, they are also smoking pesticides. In this confidential document, the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company quantifies the amount of chlorinated pesticides (including DDE and DDT) that get into mainstream cigarette smoke.
The purpose of this study was to determine the chlorinated pesticide residue levels in mainstream smoke. SUMMARY: Pesticide residues in tobaccos and in the mainstream smoke from two filter king cigarettes and one regular cigarette were determined. It was found that the rate of transfer of pesticides from tobacco into smoke averaged about 12%.

00/04/20 Contaminants in cigarettes BAT
This document from the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company (B&W) site lists contaminants that contribute to "off-taste" in cigarettes. I haven't seen any documents, though, that discuss the health effects that may arise when customers breathe traces of, for example, pyrolized (burned) pesticides, fungicides, cleaning solvents, printing inks and polystyrene foam ("barn foam").
Most common source of contamination is from solvent residues from printing inks, lacquers and glues. . . Microbial transformations of certain (chlorinated) phenolic materials gives rise to potent "musty" off-taste. . . Pallets/shipping containers/trucks/storage areas - external odor contamination - you name it -- it can happen. ...Barn foam (polystyrene) in flue-cured tobacco A problem for the last few years.

00/04/13 Holey Smokes! RJR, 1998
In addition to this letter, a search on the R.J. Reynolds site using the word "worms," returns an inter-office memo from 1983 that says worms in cigarettes were the #3 complaint among customers ("Worms and Bugs," Bates No. 506776793, 19830307).
To Whom It May Concern, These cigarettes are full of worms. I just want to bring it to your attention and would like some kind of compensation. They were purchased at Jumbo Supermarket in Haileah, FL. I had purchased 10 packs at this time and there were others with worm holes. I hope this will help to stop this situation. I do like Winston

00/04/12Nicotine tea bags? RJR, Apr, 1991
This document was interesting for its exploitation of people's love for rituals, and its discussion of how to tobacco companies can exploit the human need for rituals to promote cigarettes and smoking. It is interesting to consider, after reading this portion of the document, just how many of our everyday actions may be the result of some corporate microscope on human behavior in the name of marketing, and how marketing has shaped our every day world.

The first cake mixes contained all the necessary ingredients except milk - and they failed. They failed, market research later showed, not because they didn't work, but because they eliminated all of the loving ritual of baking a cake. The mixes were just too instant. . . Cigarette smoking is filled with ritual. The problem is that the ritual is the same regardless of the brand.... A crazy idea for an improved cigarette and a fun ritual to go with it ...Imagine a tobacco-based coffee-like drink. The product would have the following requirements and advantages: Fulfills the physical pleasures of tobacco. Namely taste, smell and nicotine. Allows satisfying rituals associated with coffee drinking to accompany consumption of tobacco.

00/04/12 Price impact on 12-17 year olds RJR, OCT 6, 1982
A portion of this R.J. Reynolds document examines the effect that the Fairness Doctrine had on cigarette sales among youth ages 12-17. The Fairness Doctrine was a law that required television stations to give equal time to opposing viewpoints. John Banzhaf of ASH was the first to insist that this measure be applied to cigarette ads in the 1960s. His efforts resulted in the first anti-smoking ads on American TV. In the words of this document, "[T]he Fairness Doctrine...loaded television with anti-smoking commercials from 7/67 through 12/70." These counter ads WERE NOT produced by the tobacco industry. The document notes that these ads had an "important negative effect during [the Fairness Doctrine's] first year (accounting for a 3 percentage point drop in 12-17 incidence)."

00/04/08 SAFE Cigarette Project BAT, Oct 29, 1986
In this correspondence a British American Tobacco Company executive explains why he doesn't believe the tobacco industry should research and manufacture a "safer cigarette":
The BAT objective is and should be to make the whole subject of smoking acceptable to the authorities and to the public at large since this is the real challenge facing the Industry. . . ..in attempting to develop a "safe" cigarette you are, by implication, in danger of being interpreted as accepting that the current product is 'unsafe' and this is not a position that I think we should take...

00/04/06 BAT on getting kids to smoke BAT, Dec 15, 1977
By 1977, British American Tobacco (BAT) had produced this official (restricted) internal report saying that most smokers start during adolescence and that very few people start to smoke once past the age of 20. Furthermore, this report tells us that the more people a child sees smoking around him ("models" and "definers"), the more likely s/he is to become a regular smoker. Following, too, is an interesting observation from this report:
..of those teenagers smoking more than one cigarette only 15% avoid becoming regular dependent smokers.

00/04/05 TI Decides What Goes on Death Certificates TI, Sep 1989
Objective: To represent and protect the tobacco industry's legitimate common interests in other significant and emerging issues. Strategies 1. Tobacco Use on Death Certificates a. Defeat all state legislative or regulatory proposals to include specific reference to smoking or tobacco use on death certificate forms. b. Repeal of modify existing state regulations which have placed references to smoking or tobacco use on death certificate forms. c. Monitor federal agency activity that could lead to inclusion of tobacco use questions on model death certificates. d. Seek opportunities through federal action to preempt placement of such references on state forms.

00/04/03RJR, Sep 12, 1962: 1962 Analysis of the Smoking and Health Problem
this is an old, but interesting document. First, it exposes the fact that prior to 1962 the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC) produced studies clearly demonstrating tobacco's harms (studies that isolated carcinogenic compounds in cigarette smoke, demonstrated paralysis of cilia due to smoke components, produced tumors with cigarette smoke, and more.) Second, the writer (who was then the head of R.J. Reynolds Chemical Research Department) seems to be arguing that the industry should become more informed internally about its own products, in case the government tries to regulate them. He also points out that the industry was treading on thin ice (even way back then, in 1962), by bringing up the poignant question:
Members of this Research Department have studied in detail cigarette smoke composition...Some of the findings have been published. However, much data remain unpublished because they are concerned with carcinogenic or cocarcinogenic compounds... This raises an interesting question about the former compounds. If a tobacco company plead "Not guilty" or "Not proven" to the charge that cigarette smoke (or one of its constituents) is an etiological factor in the causation of lung cancer or some other disease, can the company justifiably assume the position that publication of data pertaining to cigarette smoke composition or physiological properties should be withheld because such data might affect adversely the company's economic status when the company has already implied in its plea that no such etiologic effect exists?

00/04/03 RJR on "pre-smokers" RJR, Feb 2, 1973
This R.J. Reynolds document is a chilling example of how tobacco companies research the social tendencies and psychological needs of young people in order to exploit them. . . Most of all, though, this document shows that the tobacco industry has a deep understanding of what makes kids want to smoke, and how to exploit this
The beginning smoker and inhaler has a low tolerance for smoke irritation, hence the smoke should be as bland as possible.... if the desire to be daring is part of the motivation to start smoking, the alleged risk of smoking may actually make smoking attractive. Finally, if the 'older' establishment is preaching against smoking, the anti-establishment sentiment ... would cause the young to want to be defiant and smoke. Thus, a new brand aimed at the young group should not in any way be promoted as a "health" brand, and perhaps should carry some implied risk. In this sense, the warning label on the package may be a plus.

00/04/02 Associations between smoking and depression PM, Feb 21, 1996
The following document reveals that Philip Morris is aware internally of literature revealing a substantial link between smoking and depression. Supportive of this is the fact that the new cessation drug, Zyban, is actually the same as Wellbutrin, an anti-depressant.

00/04/01 Tobacco's competition: pot, drugs, tranquilizers RJR, Feb 13, 1980
Changing social values may add to manufacturing costs and reduce the market for cigarettes: --Social acceptance of smoking will continue to decline. --Methods may evolve for relatively painless methods for stopping smoking. --Competitive products, such as alcohol, pot, tranquilizers and the new generation of psychotropic drugs may decrease the market for cigarettes.

00/03/31 Health warnings in Thailand PM Asia, Sep 30, 1990
Warnings on Thai cigarette packages (7 rotating warnings, must be on the front of the pack.): 1. Smoking is hazardous to health. 2. Smoking causes lung cancer and pulmonary diseases. 3. Smoking causes cardiovascular diseases. 4. Smoking is harmful to fetus. 5. Respect the rights of others by not smoking in public. 6. Quit smoking reduces the risks of dangerous diseases. 7. Quit smoking for the sake of your loved ones.

00/03/29 The tobacco industry & tort reform PM, 1995
According to this document, the tobacco industry is deeply involved with tort reform efforts both at the state and federal levels.
Our objective here is to assure that the legal system recognizes both the rights and the responsibilities of adults who have made informed choices.... .In addition to our aggressive defense of the lawsuits, we are taking aggressive, proactive action in the area of Tort Reform. . . On March 10, after a major grassroots campaign, the House passed the "Common Sense Product Liability and Legal Reform Act." . . As the debate continues, we will continue to participate vigorously in a massive grassroots' communications effort

00/03/27 'Iron fist in a velvet glove' RJR, Dec 22, 1978
This is one of the 39,000 internal documents that the tobacco industry was forced to turn over to the Senate Commerce Committee after losing a bid to the U.S. Supreme Court to withhold them from the public. It contains on of my personal all-time favorite industry quotes:
Unless countervailing steps are taken (such as lobbying) public decision-making will march with public opinion....
...in addition to some other remarkable revelations, like how difficult it would be to rally smokers behind their "rights" when most of them really want to quit smoking. It is also remarkable for the haughty attitude revealed by the following line:
The industry's lobbying and campaign effects should not be ballyhooed. Our aim is a clean iron fist inside a clean velvet glove...

00/03/26 Dioxin in ETS PM, May 3, 1994
These Philip Morris Tobacco Company documents reveal that dioxins are present in secondhand tobacco smoke. Dioxins are a product of combustion. . . To my knowledge, no warning of the presence of dioxins in cigarette smoke (either primary or secondhand smoke) has ever been given to consumers of the product nor to bystanders exposed to secondhand smoke, nor otherwise been made public information.
The proposed project is intended to determine the parameters which influence the concentrations of polychlorinated dioxins and furans (PCDD/PCDF). The objective is to further decrease the already very low concentrations of dioxins in ETS. In order to simplify the process, the amount of dioxins in sidestream smoke is used as a measure for the amount originating from the cigarette. Eventually, it makes sense to investigate only those parameters which have a clear impact on dioxin release; in the early phase of the project however, all parameters must be considered which could possibly have an effect on the formation of dioxins and furans.

00/03/25 1990 Proactive Legislative Plans TI, Oct 2, 1989
This document shows that in the United States, the tobacco industry develops and implements its own legislation in the states. In the U.S., we used to have a democracy in which citizens could enact their own laws at the local level on any topic, but since so many people wanted clean indoor air laws, bans on free nicotine samples (and other laws that Big Tobacco disliked), the tobacco industry enacted their own laws to take away peoples' rights. They have been very successful. By 1994, the industry had successfully enacted its laws to remove citizens' rights ("preemption laws") in 25 states.
While our primary goal is the enactment of positive industry legislation, another important objective is to set the tobacco agenda in the state legislatures... We have targeted 35 states for [proactive] legislative action, with one or more of the following objectives in each state: --Preemption of local smoking restrictions --Rollback or modification of existing smoking restrictions... --...Adoption of indoor air quality and ventilation standards --Preemption of local tobacco tax authority --Preemption of local sampling bans...

00/03/24 Smoking & Health Research Activities in Europe PM, 1990
This "privileged and confidential attorney-work-product" from the Philip Morris (PM) document site reveals the real purpose of PM's European biological research labs: to create data that contradicts the science on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
Science and Technology is staffed by 9 academics....Their mission is centered on environmental tobacco smoke and commissioning researchers and potential authors of scientific papers to produce data, publications or statements that contradict or correct the scientific misinformation about ETS. . . The S&T [Science and Technlogy] group directly commissions contract work on ETS. These projects are designed to provide data to support the industry's responses to damaging studies in ETS.

00/03/23 Passive smoking is harmfulPM, 9/9/88
shows that Philip Morris attorneys were aware of a substantial amount of literature in existence by 1988 which concluded that passive smoking is harmful to the health of infants and children and increases the risk of cancer in nonsmokers who live with smokers.
Tentative conclusions of a positive nature which have emerged to date appear to be the following: 1. Children who have a mother who is a heavy smoker have a higher than average incidence of respiratory infections, the frequency more or less proportional to the amount of smoking. 2. The newborn children of women who smoke have lower birth weight on average than newborns of non-smoking mothers.

00/03/22Stop the war on disease TI, Jan 10, 1979
This 165-page confidential Tobacco Institute report, Smoking and Health 1964-1979: The Continuing Controversy, is a denial-fest that refutes the causation of virtually every disease that we now accept as smoking induced.
The American people would be better served if high government health officials and private interest groups which encourage them abandoned the myth of "waging war" against diseases and their alleged causes.

00/03/21 Cigarettes, Fires and Fire Departments TI, 1990
According to this document, Tobacco Institute, Public Affairs Division Proposed Budget 1991 the tobacco industry has been extraordinarily generous financially to fire fighting organizations, giving grants to hundreds of fire departments in major cities across the U.S. for "fire safety education programs" and provides them with "fire safety education materials." Their tactic effectively quelled criticism of the safety risks of cigarette design by fire service organizations across the country. This document reveals that the industry clearly recognizes the scope of the problem. Yet the document contains absolutely no mention of concern for the victims of cigarette-caused fires nor for the safety of the firefighters who must respond to these fires.

00/03/16 BATS's Smoking and Health Issues handbook BAT, Feb 26, 1981
the British American Tobacco Company (BAT) attempted to prepare a guidebook for employees to help them handle questions about smoking and health issues. The comments from this editor on a draft of the handbook are remarkable. Note that even in the eighth draft of this booklet, the emphasis is on eliminating incriminating contradictions, avoiding liability, minimizing the contributions that doctors have in the debate and keeping from inflaming the passive smoking debate.
I am very surprised to find BAT mentioning that there indeed exist some people who are allergic to tobacco smoke. My impression was that no allergy to tobacco smoke had ever been identified...I would suggest that they crosscheck this information very closely as allergy is one of the many arguments that anti-smokers use in the passive smoking debate. . . I am amazed that BAT would agree with the advice of doctors concerning pregnant women....BAT's argument could open the door to claims for warnings on cigarette packages, for example, and has very important implications in the passive smoking debate

00/03/21 ICOSI and the 1979 World Conference PM, Sep, 1978
The international tobacco companies came together to form a committee to deal with the onslaught of smoking and health issues worldwide in a unified manner. It was called the International Committee on Smoking Issues (ICOSI). In 1979, ICOSI was trying to figure out how to deal with the Fourth World Conference on Tobacco or Health . . . This urgent telex talks about the strategic problems ICOSI faced in dealing with the health information which could be revealed at the conference. The document notes that for the first time (1979) the tobacco industry adjusted the venue of its battle, and aimed it for the first time directly at the general public, in particular worldwide anti-smoking advocates. . . rather than accept public health policies created by governments, the tobacco companies planned to determine their own "appropriate" public policies, and then use their affiliates to implement them.
ICOSI [International Committee on Smoking Issues] is the first initiative on a worldwide scale to counter the actions of the anti-smoking groups, which -- with the WHO and other internationally active bodies -- are already organized on a worldwide basis... Total ICOSI membership controls an over-whelmingly large share of the market in the free world and ICOSI could therefore be circumspect in the eyes of anti-trust enforcing bodies in several countries.

00/03/14 Powers of Boards of Health TI, Oct 9, 1986
In recent years, the industry has been trying to pass measures at the state level to preempt this power, so that local boards of health will be rendered powerless to enact such restrictions. The following memo from the Tobacco Institute site shows the industry's alarm over the powers of local boards of health to enact smoking restrictions.
Please evaluate the nature of the powers of the Public Health Council, Board of Health or similar administrative body in your state and advise me accordingly. This, of course, is to identify any state that may have non-legislative opportunities for obtaining smoking restriction laws.

00/03/13 Public smoking Programs of the TI TI, Apr 24, 1990
With a great sense of purpose and virtually unlimited budget, the TI left no stone unturned its work to alter public opinion. According to this document, the TI recruited academics "to influence the scientific community's view of ETS science," imported foreign scientists to convince health reporters and editorial boards that "the U.S. response to ETS science is extreme and out of step with the rest of the world...," "chastised" journalists for their reporting on scientific issues and hosted journalism seminars to show reporters the "right" way to report on these issues, and more.

00/03/12 More on CIAR Covington & Burling, Mar 12, 1993
The tobacco industry successfully dodged the health issue regarding environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) by "developing data" to convince policy makers, opinion leaders, and the world media that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) was an insignificant component of a much larger problem: indoor air pollution and poor overall ventilation. These handwritten confidential notes from the Tobacco Institute document site sum up the industry's strategy to deal with ETS .
In sum, while one might wish it otherwise, the value of CIAR depends upon the industry's playing an active role in (1) identifying research projects likely to be of value and (2) working to make sure that the findings of funded research are brought to the attention of decision makers in an appropriate and timely manner. CIAR is a credible and effective vehicle for conducting research that is needed to buttress the industry's position...

00/03/12 The Center for Indoor Air Research (CIAR) TI, Dec 10, 1987
several cigarette companies colluded to form a scientific front group called the Center for Indoor Air Research or CIAR. Much of the work to form CIAR was conducted through Philip Morris' law firm, Covington and Burling, which allowed documents to be labeled "Attorney Work Product." CIAR had to operate "at arm's length" from the industry so the Tobacco Institute incorporated it as a completely separate, non-profit entity. The purpose of CIAR was to give grants to scientists who would in turn do research, produce and publish studies that would bolster the industry's arguments against regulation of environmental tobacco smoke. Another goal was the eventual creation of its own scientific journal, the contents of which could be controlled completely by the tobacco industry.

00/03/11 Attack on Allstate/Sears TI, Sep 20, 1979
In 1979, Allstate Insurance/Sears introduced its "Healthy American Plan," a life insurance plan that included non-smoker discounts. . . The tobacco industry . . . started encouraging businesses to boycott Allstate/Sears. . . Allstate's Senior VP Robert Seilor wrote the following letter to the Tobacco Institute.
Your objectives and tactics will be considered by most people, including many in government, as completely contradictory to the Tobacco Institute's advertisements. . . "Freedom of choice is the best choice." How will non-smokers be apprised of the existence of a discount on life insurance if you seek to "penalize" Allstate or Sears for advertising the existence of the discount? ....The publicity which your efforts are generating (judging by the number of interviews I have granted in the last week) is certain to come to the attention of the national cancer and heart associations as well as the HEW and "anti-smokers" organizations. They will probably use this activity against you in an effort to destroy your factual credibility, since your actions are so contradictory to the Tobacco Institute's own ad.

00/03/08 VA hospital "stupidity" TI, Sep 12, 1973
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the information about the ill health effects of smoking prompted the Veterans Administration to eliminate sales of cigarette sales from VA hospitals. Letters to the editor appeared in newspapers across the country charging that "inhuman bureaucrats" were engaging in "sadistic treatment" of lonely veterans who have no other pleasures in life other than their cigarettes. The following handwritten note from one Tobacco Institute executive to another was clipped to a 1973 newspaper article entitled "Veteran's Hospital in Chicago bans sale of cigarets."
In view of Rep. Gross' interest as expressed in the 7482 debate Monday, he might like to take on the VA cig sales ban movement. Would like to see someone keep the heat on to point up the stupidity of making it more difficult for hospitalized veterans to obtain cigarettes if they choose to smoke.

00/03/07 Attack on Mass. Bay Transportation Authority TI, Jun 19, 1986
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) found itself the target of tobacco industry attack after its board voted to stop accepting cigarette ads on its vehicles and facilites in 1986. . . The TI incited ad agencies that had lost out on MBTA's advertising contracts in the past to sue MBTA for discrimination in its award processes. They tried to insert a clause in the state budget to force MBTA "to maximize ad revenues from all legal sources" (including tobacco) . . . They tried to get the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the labor unions to galvanize against MBTA. . . They tried to incite discontent in cities along MBTA's routes. . . they planned to influence their political allies in the federal government to cut MBTA's funding.

00/03/06 TI target: the insurance industryTI, Nov 22, 1989
This memo reveals a far-reaching plot by Big Tobacco against the insurance industry to eliminate non-smoker discounts, complete with the formation of (yet another) front group. This time it's a "consumer rights" group, headed by a "key 'consumer rights' nemesis of the insurance industry,' who, according to the memo "demands no less than $5,000 a month" for his services to the tobacco industry. The purpose of this fake "consumer group" was to focus broadly on "discriminatory practices of the insurance industry" and had the goal of eliminating non-smoker discounts.

00/03/05 TI aggression against other businesses RJR-MacDonald, Apr 18, 1986
The tobacco industry used its economic muscle to intimidate and punish other businesses when they enacted smoke-free policies. Airlines took the brunt of the tobacco industry's wrath when they started providing the public with safe, smoke-free cabin air on some flights. This is the letter that the President of RJR-Macdonald Tobacco Company (Canada) wrote to the President of Air Canada after that airline designated some of its flights between Toronto and Montreal and Toronto and Ottawa as totally non-smoking, on a trial basis in 1986.

00/03/02 Philip Morris aggression PM, May 7, 1984:
When Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals started marketing Nicorette gum in the early 1980s, it put out a newsletter in doctors' clinics called the Smoking Cessation Newsletter. . . To punish Dow for the unforgivable transgression of encouraging people to quit smoking cigarettes, PM ceased all of its humectant purchases from Dow, and let them know why. PM had to start buying their humectants overseas, but it was worth it to them to stick it to Dow. This document shows that behind the scenes, Philip Morris is quite a bit more ruthless their current TV ads would like to reveal.

00/03/01 Hysterical airline message Lorillard, Jun 27, 1977
First, notice how the near-hysterical tone seems so out of proportion to the "problem" at hand. After all, the airline wasn't even banning smoking... it was merely providing a separate smoking section on its planes. The tone of the message reveals the depth of the industry's fear and anger about clean air efforts in general. Secondly, it is not remarkable that mankind held a drug-taking behavior in such high esteem?
"Eastern Airlines has entered an unconscionable agreement with Prohibitionist "consumer groups" to squeeze travelers who enjoy tobacco into the rear third of its flight cabins. The agreement was reached was privately in spite of its implications of potential second-class citizenship for 55 million Americans! . . Think of its implications, its potential for precedent in successful attacks on the personal freedoms of other groups of citizens--on yourself as an individual. . . Use the addresses on the back of this message. And thanks for your citizenship!"

2/29/00 Bill Bradley's ad for the TI, 1967 TI, Dec 1, 1967
HEADLINE: YOUNGSTERS SHOULDN'T SMOKE SAYS BILL BRADLEY...and the cigarette makers agree! . . I'm asking you young people not to touch a cigarette until you have the age and experience to evaluate this published information. Adults can and do understand this material. They have the mature judgment that comes with age. . . TAG: The cigarette makers publish Bill Bradley's statement in the interest of American Youth.

2/28/00 Arguing against cautionary labels BAT, Jan 15, 1969
This is a letter from an employee of the British American Tobacco's Research Planning Department helping a tobacco company executive in Sydney, Australia formulate an argument against his government's proposal to mandate warning labels on cigarettes.
"A vague statement such as "Cigarette Smoking may be harmful to health" is a lot easier to live with then something more specific . . . Whether a constantly reiterated caution of this type has any effect on smoker is, I suggest, outside the argument. Personally, I doubt the value of it.

2/27/00 How to catch a FUBYA RJR, 1984
This document helps us understand why the tobacco companies insist on sponsoring music festivals . . . to understand the psychological reasons for having a "Marlboro Adverture Team" (it's "on the edge"--appeals to FUBYAs' risk-taking behavior.)
FUBYAS are insecure abut their decision making ability. Choose leading big brands w/broad acceptance. Marlboro not purchased because it's a big brand but because it has the peer approval. . . . FUBYAS Love of Fads and Fun . . . Fads are so much a part of FUBYAS lives because fads serve their needs for group belonging and identification, for excitement and fun. . . Since the late 40's- early 50's, when FUBYAS and their peers became a legitimate, important sub-segment of our society, MUSIC has been their most important badge of identity

2/26/00 TI strategies across the nation TI, Apr 7, 1988
Senior TI VP Mozingo brags about the astonishing number of clean indoor measures that Tobacco Institute defeated in states, cities and counties all across the nation-- in just one year alone.

2/25/00 Furs and Station Wagons PM, Jan 25, 1985
Marketing departments often classify people into social sub-groups, which they name for quick and easy identification. This document tells us what Philip Morris calls sub-categories of wealthy people, or, as they call them, the "Upscale Smoker Clusters."

2/21/00 Operation Down Under (II) PM, Jun 24, 1987
Operation Down Under was perhaps the first major internal Philip Morris' (PM) effort to define a comprehensive strategy to combat information being revealed to the public that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is harmful to non-smokers. These extensive and concise notes were taken over the three days of the conference. This document provides a very frank inside look at the aggressive tactics the industry uses to stave off public health measures on secondhand smoke.

2/20/00 It's called methane, pal PM, Nov 30, 1989
The industry embarked on finding other odiferous elements in indoor air, so they could point the finger at those.
"INBIFO - Body Odour and Staleness of Air - Objective: To relate staleness of indoor air to human gaseous metabolic products other than carbon dioxide. Status: A list of odoriferous compounds, emitted by humans and not obviously present in tobacco smoke, has been prepared from a literature search.

2/20/00 Tobacco and death certificates TI, Nov 19, 1969
This article from the Nov. 19, 1969 Grand Rapids (Michigan) Press, describes a case where the Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company (L&M) tried to block the use of a death certificate as a foundation for medical testimony linking smoking to a fatal lung cancer in a father of four.

2/19/00 Burned theobromine: no hot fudge sundae! PM, Oct 14, 1979
In late 1977 a new, no-tobacco smoking product was put on the market called FREE. . . . Philip Morris (PM) examined FREE in their labs to see how it compared to regular tobacco cigarettes, particularly their brand, MARLBORO. . . Still, PM concluded that there was much more to FREE chemically than federal regulatory agencies were aware, and that because of this, these agencies were "somewhat misguided" in not requiring a health warning for FREE cigarettes.

2/17/00 Notes on a World ETS meeting PM, April, 1994
Notes on a meeting that was held in 1994 . . . they convey valuable information briefly and concisely, ie, that quit rates jump from 5% to 21% in workplaces that are non-smoking. Ellen Merlo's relating of industry strategy regarding secondhand smoke: "Shift argument to indoor air quality and accommodation as an effective approach."

2/16/00 Those poor U.K. smokers... PM, May 21, 1984
Mr. Whist is mulling over a proposal for a new campaign to ask smokers to be courteous towards others while smoking. . . Note Mr. Whist's level of condescension toward working-class people, their smokers, whose lives, he believes would be dark places without the simple pleasures of pubs, TV and cigarettes.

2/15/00 Designer front group - TASSC PM, March 24, 1994
After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared secondhand smoke as a Class A Human Carcinogen . . . up sprang another PM front group, this time called "The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition," or TASSCM created TASSC through a public relations firm called APCO Associates, a move which helped PM distance itself from the group.

2/15/00 "S" is for "Substance" (ARISE) PM, February 17, 1994
ARISE was the acronym for one of Philip Morris' many "designer front groups," Associates for Research in the Science of Enjoyment. This group was established as a public relations move, to minimize the perception of danger posed by tobacco products by linking their use in the public's eye with other fun and enjoyable substances and activities that are relatively harmless (e.g. shopping, drinking tea, sex). The acronym at first stood for "Associates for Research in Substance Enjoyment."

2/12/00 ARISE: Associates for Research into the Science of Enjoyment PM, 1994
PM used ARISE to minimize the 1988 U.S. Surgeon General's finding that nicotine is as addictive as heroin. ARISE "scientists" studied the "science of pleasure," finding, amazingly enough, that imbibing in coffee, tea, chocolate, sex and--yes--tobacco causes pleasure. Topics at the conferences were carefully chosen to "align tobacco with food and drink," and staunchly oppose "forcing a uniform healthy society." . . the proposed 1994-95 budget for ARISE was $773,750.

2/9/00 Uptown Damage Assessment S\udy RJR, Jan. 31, 1990
The document goes on to say they can learn from this marketing gaffe and find away around the glitch they ran into with "Uptown" --and provides a road map with which to do it.

2/8/00 Moral Issue on FTC Tar RJR, Nov. 9, 1984
In this document, a tobacco a company executive rationalizes to others inside the company, assuring them of the moral correctness of failing to disclose to public health agencies that FTC tests reveal incorrect tar levels for their products. . . Finally, the last few lines of this document should reinforce to us how effective banning smoking in public places could be. . . "So little cost could reap such a tremendous improvement in public health!" Hey, even the tobacco industry points out how effective such environmental measures are in improving public health.

2/7/00 FUBYAS, Coolness and Blacks RJR, Nov. 9, 1984
This document links the decline in sales of RJR's SALEM brand (their "coolness" cigarette) in part to the brand's "strong, negative association with Blacks." This in turn leads to speculation that the problems with sales may have started with school integration. From this we can see how very sociological the tobacco industry is.

2/6/00Studying 11-Year-Olds' Brain Waves BAT, July 28, 1982
This British-American Tobacco Company (BAT) scientist's trip report describes the intent to study the brainwaves of 11-year-old children before they are smokers, and then five years later after some of them become smokers. The idea was to see if smoking altered their brain waves. The document also discusses the ethical problems of testing children, and shows their intent to insulate the industry from these questions by contracting the study out to a university or hospital, who would then assume the burden of the ethical questions for them.

2/6/00 "Our preemption strategy" PM, Oct 24, 1984
This speech describes Philip Morris' strategy and political activities in the New England states. In it, Merlo directly links Philip Morris' "Accommodation Program" to its enacting of pre-emption laws at the state level, even running the words together into a single term, "Accommodation/Pre-emption." . . She also tells us that Philip Morris is not above pressing their own sales force, employees and even external employees at Kraft and Miller Beer, into taking political action on their

Peter Lemkin
03-15-2010, 08:09 AM
Thanks to whoever rescued that. Yes, that is an incredible source on the subject and EVERYONE of the titles of the summaries is a hyperlink to the original document!!!!! The person who maintains this site has REALLY done their homework!!

David Guyatt
03-15-2010, 12:33 PM
Blimey! If there were today a Nuremberg trial for global genocide this would amount to the prosecutions case.

Carol Thompson
12-24-2010, 07:31 PM
All complete and total garbage. The anti-smokers are guilty of flagrant scientific fraud for ignoring more than 50 studies, which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least a quarter of all non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers' studies are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, so they're cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV.

http://www.smokershistory.com/hpvlungc.htm

They commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking and passive smoking, and the tobacco companies have always let them. They even settled the Minnesota tobacco lawsuit when it looked like they were winning, and for more money than the anti-smokers were demanding. This proves that they have been controlled by the anti-smokers all along, probably beginning with the organization of the old American Tobacco Trust.

http://www.smokershistory.com/power.htm

The American Society for the Control of Cancer, the predecessor of the American Cancer Society, used their political pull to create the National Cancer Institute, to deliberately commit scientific fraud at taxpayer expense. Original members of the National Advisory Cancer Council of the National Cancer Institute, appointed by Surgeon General Thomas Parran in 1937: James Ewing, Director of Memorial Hospital; Dr. Francis C. Wood, Director of the Crocker Institute of Cancer Research at Columbia University; Harvard University President James B. Conant; Dr. Arthur H. Compton of the University of Chicago; C.C. Little, Managing Director of the American Society for the Control of Cancer; and Dr. Ludvig Hektoen of Chicago. In 1938, Dr. James B. Murphy of the Rockefeller Institute and Dr. Mont R. Reid replaced Ewing and Wood. (Named to Cancer Council. New York Times, Dec. 11, 1938, p. 30.) Ewing, Hektoen, Little, Murphy, Parran, and Wood were all affiliated with the ASCC.

Mary Woodard Lasker was the head of the American Cancer Society who started the open war on smokers. She was the most powerful health lobbyist in history. "For the past twenty years, Mrs. Lasker has been, in the words of one federal health official, 'the most important single factor in the rise of support for biomedical research.' In the process, she has helped the NIH budget to explode from $2.5 million in 1945 to $1.4 billion this year, influenced Presidents, immobilized Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare, selected health policy makers, and pushed health policy in controversial directions."

"Mrs. Lasker's network is probably unparalleled in the influence that a small group of private citizens has had over such a major area of national policy. One federal official refers to it as a 'noble conspiracy.' Gorman calls it a 'high class kind of subversion, very high class. We're not second story burglars. We go right in the front door.'" (The Health Syndicate / Washington's Noble Conspiracy. By Elizabeth Brenner Drew. The Atlantic Monthly 1967, Vol. 200, pp. 75-82)

http://tobaccodocuments.org/atc/12917276.html

And, Mary Woodard Lasker's stepson, Edward Lasker, was on the board of directors of Philip Morris for 20 years!!!!! Now, that tells you who is in control of Philip Morris.

Public Interest, Thursday, Sep. 27, 2001 interview with Judith Robinson, author of "Noble Conspirator," on Florence S. Mahoney and the rise of the National Institutes of Health (The Francis Press, 2001).

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2001-09-27/judith-robinson-noble-conspirator-francis-press

Peter Lemkin
12-24-2010, 07:49 PM
All complete and total garbage. The anti-smokers are guilty of flagrant scientific fraud for ignoring more than 50 studies, which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least a quarter of all non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers' studies are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, so they're cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV.

http://www.smokershistory.com/hpvlungc.htm

They commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking and passive smoking, and the tobacco companies have always let them. They even settled the Minnesota tobacco lawsuit when it looked like they were winning, and for more money than the anti-smokers were demanding. This proves that they have been controlled by the anti-smokers all along, probably beginning with the organization of the old American Tobacco Trust.

http://www.smokershistory.com/power.htm

The American Society for the Control of Cancer, the predecessor of the American Cancer Society, used their political pull to create the National Cancer Institute, to deliberately commit scientific fraud at taxpayer expense. Original members of the National Advisory Cancer Council of the National Cancer Institute, appointed by Surgeon General Thomas Parran in 1937: James Ewing, Director of Memorial Hospital; Dr. Francis C. Wood, Director of the Crocker Institute of Cancer Research at Columbia University; Harvard University President James B. Conant; Dr. Arthur H. Compton of the University of Chicago; C.C. Little, Managing Director of the American Society for the Control of Cancer; and Dr. Ludvig Hektoen of Chicago. In 1938, Dr. James B. Murphy of the Rockefeller Institute and Dr. Mont R. Reid replaced Ewing and Wood. (Named to Cancer Council. New York Times, Dec. 11, 1938, p. 30.) Ewing, Hektoen, Little, Murphy, Parran, and Wood were all affiliated with the ASCC.

Mary Woodard Lasker was the head of the American Cancer Society who started the open war on smokers. She was the most powerful health lobbyist in history. "For the past twenty years, Mrs. Lasker has been, in the words of one federal health official, 'the most important single factor in the rise of support for biomedical research.' In the process, she has helped the NIH budget to explode from $2.5 million in 1945 to $1.4 billion this year, influenced Presidents, immobilized Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare, selected health policy makers, and pushed health policy in controversial directions."

"Mrs. Lasker's network is probably unparalleled in the influence that a small group of private citizens has had over such a major area of national policy. One federal official refers to it as a 'noble conspiracy.' Gorman calls it a 'high class kind of subversion, very high class. We're not second story burglars. We go right in the front door.'" (The Health Syndicate / Washington's Noble Conspiracy. By Elizabeth Brenner Drew. The Atlantic Monthly 1967, Vol. 200, pp. 75-82)

http://tobaccodocuments.org/atc/12917276.html

And, Mary Woodard Lasker's stepson, Edward Lasker, was on the board of directors of Philip Morris for 20 years!!!!! Now, that tells you who is in control of Philip Morris.

Public Interest, Thursday, Sep. 27, 2001 interview with Judith Robinson, author of "Noble Conspirator," on Florence S. Mahoney and the rise of the National Institutes of Health (The Francis Press, 2001).

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2001-09-27/judith-robinson-noble-conspirator-francis-press

Are you for surreal?... I don't even find your 'argument' merits countering.....your thesis [sic] seems to be that the anti-smoking advocates have paraded as the pro-smoking conspiracy....? I think perhaps you've been smoking more than just normal cigarettes.....

Also, hidden in all this is the Colby Sr. Connection.....are you unaware or a pro-Colby agent?

N.B. Colby Sr. died not too many months ago.

Peter Lemkin
12-24-2010, 08:08 PM
I see that rather than addressing this thread or my post, you started another thread. Won't go there. Tell 'ya what.....just smoke all you want...but in private. As there is NO more dangerous public health threat in the realm of indoor [and often outdoor] air pollution than tobacco smoke. I just so happen to have a graduate degree in Public Health and Toxicology and tobacco toxicity and carcinogenicity was my specialty. Care to debate point for point?!

Carol Thompson
12-24-2010, 08:42 PM
I see that rather than addressing this thread or my post, you started another thread. Won't go there. Tell 'ya what.....just smoke all you want...but in private. As there is NO more dangerous public health threat in the realm of indoor [and often outdoor] air pollution than tobacco smoke. I just so happen to have a graduate degree in Public Health and Toxicology and tobacco toxicity and carcinogenicity was my specialty. Care to debate point for point?!

I pushed the "Post Quick Reply" button, which to my knowledge does not start a new thread. And I did address your point, which is the fraudulent claim that Big Tobacco supposedly conspired to hide the risks of smoking. This is patently ridiculous on its face, because the vast majority of the "research" was done by the anti-smoker American Cancer Society and/or its puppets at the National Institutes of Health. Big Tobacco had no capacity whatsoever to conceal it, because their enemies did it, and their media accomplices eagerly spread their lies, while ruthlessly censoring the truth. The fact that those 50-plus studies of HPV and lung cancer have been concealed from the public is rock-solid proof of who has done all the concealing.

And DUDE, I'll be happy to debate you point for point about the supposed health risks of tobacco. Your "graduate degree in Public Health and Toxicology and tobacco toxicity" isn't worth a damn. People in your field are rewarded for their ideological purity, not their scientific competence.

David Guyatt
12-24-2010, 09:22 PM
To the poster Carol Thomson. Your membership is suspended pending review over the holiday period. You may make no more posts on this forum pending that review.

Please bear with us as we get back on stream after a difficult and testing period.

David Guyatt
12-25-2010, 09:05 AM
Carol, your temporary suspension is withdraw with apologies for my misunderstanding. Please free to post at your leisure.

Very happy Christmas,

David

Peter Lemkin
12-25-2010, 12:38 PM
I pushed the "Post Quick Reply" button, which to my knowledge does not start a new thread. And I did address your point, which is the fraudulent claim that Big Tobacco supposedly conspired to hide the risks of smoking. This is patently ridiculous on its face, because the vast majority of the "research" was done by the anti-smoker American Cancer Society and/or its puppets at the National Institutes of Health. Big Tobacco had no capacity whatsoever to conceal it, because their enemies did it, and their media accomplices eagerly spread their lies, while ruthlessly censoring the truth. The fact that those 50-plus studies of HPV and lung cancer have been concealed from the public is rock-solid proof of who has done all the concealing.

And DUDE, I'll be happy to debate you point for point about the supposed health risks of tobacco. Your "graduate degree in Public Health and Toxicology and tobacco toxicity" isn't worth a damn. People in your field are rewarded for their ideological purity, not their scientific competence.

Your new here and have zero [it would seem] idea of my ideology. I'm a rebel and was in Grad School too. But I know that the Tobacco Industry, the USG regulators, the NIH and many others knew the dangers of tobacco for over a century and hid it...and you seem to still want to hide it. I was rewarded for nothing in my studies except whatever competance I had as a student; and had no research grants from anyone, nor with any agenda but truthful science and public health at Yale and UCLA. You're coming here with a huge chip on your shoulder and not making any friends....but it seems not to be your intention. By the way, why are you so upset about all this?....what's your motive [pure truth?] or is someone rewarding or paying you? Belong to a PR firm? Have any connections to the tobacco industry?...or just a big smoker who doesn't like it controlled? Have you looked at the full documents summarized in the first post of this thread? If so, then you have little respect for peer reviewed science. Let me guess you don't believe in human induced climate change and most assassinations were done by lone nuts; the government and large corporations know what is best for us and always look out for our interests...if we'd only stay out of they way and do as they say...all will be just fine.....am I close?joystick [The name is Peter, not 'Dude'...a crude Americanism - while anger has its place at times, you're certainly are coming here with a truckload and dumping it on anyone in sight]...but it is your right and perogative. However, to me this is like going over the driver didn't shoot JFK all over again. The issue of tobacco and cancer [and a HOST of other diseases] is extablished fact....not IMO open to question....unless someone has an agenda to do so. [Doubt for doubt sake and the benefit of the Corporations who profit by death, lies and destruction of our health and the health of the planet. Gonna support GM crops and Montsanto next?....maybe this isn't your forum of 'closest fit'.

Carol Thompson
12-25-2010, 06:36 PM
Your new here and have zero [it would seem] idea of my ideology. I'm a rebel and was in Grad School too. But I know that the Tobacco Industry, the USG regulators, the NIH and many others knew the dangers of tobacco for over a century and hid it...and you seem to still want to hide it. I was rewarded for nothing in my studies except whatever competance I had as a student; and had no research grants from anyone, nor with any agenda but truthful science and public health at Yale and UCLA. You're coming here with a huge chip on your shoulder and not making any friends....but it seems not to be your intention. By the way, why are you so upset about all this?....what's your motive [pure truth?] or is someone rewarding or paying you? Belong to a PR firm? Have any connections to the tobacco industry?...or just a big smoker who doesn't like it controlled? Have you looked at the full documents summarized in the first post of this thread? If so, then you have little respect for peer reviewed science. Let me guess you don't believe in human induced climate change and most assassinations were done by lone nuts; the government and large corporations know what is best for us and always look out for our interests...if we'd only stay out of they way and do as they say...all will be just fine.....am I close?joystick [The name is Peter, not 'Dude'...a crude Americanism - while anger has its place at times, you're certainly are coming here with a truckload and dumping it on anyone in sight]...but it is your right and perogative. However, to me this is like going over the driver didn't shoot JFK all over again. The issue of tobacco and cancer [and a HOST of other diseases] is extablished fact....not IMO open to question....unless someone has an agenda to do so. [Doubt for doubt sake and the benefit of the Corporations who profit by death, lies and destruction of our health and the health of the planet. Gonna support GM crops and Montsanto next?....maybe this isn't your forum of 'closest fit'.

As for the claim that "the Tobacco Industry, the USG regulators, the NIH and many others knew the dangers of tobacco for over a century and hid it," upon what science was that based, or do you consider science unnecessary? The NIH didn't even exist as such until it was built up by the Lasker Lobby after World War II, simultaneously with its abuse for the persecution of tobacco. Perhaps this is what you consider science: In 1851, in the absence of anything resembling a database, Rev. Trask proclaimed, "It is computed that 20,000 persons every year, in America, go to their grave from the use of tobacco." (Temperance. Weekly Eagle, Brattleboro, Vt., Jun. 23, 1851.) "Rev. George Trask asserts that sleeping with a tobacco consumer actually affects the health of a person who does not use the article. The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal so far endorses his opinion as the say, 'This had not before occurred to us, but on examination of the facts [sic], there appears some reason in the statement." (Kenosha Telegraph, Nov. 19, 1852.) And "proving" the correctness of Rev. Trask's religion-based assertions has been the unstated goal of the Harvard School of Public Health, just like "creation science."

http://www.smokershistory.com/theorder.htm#Rev._George_Trask

The lead document you cite is merely a mish-mash of PR proposals. Where's the scientific fraud? They didn't even try to expose the anti-smokers' frauds. Where's the "concealment?" These were intended to counter the anti-smokers' lies about the health risks of tobacco, which clearly would have been unnecessary if these had been concealed as you pretend! Evidently you also believe that those whom you accuse have no right to defend themselves.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for you to defend the anti-smokers' flagrant scientific fraud of ignoring more than 50 studies which implicate human papillomaviruses as the cause of over ten times more non-small cell lung cancers than you pretend are caused by secondhand smoke, which their mass media propaganda machine has obediently concealed from the public.

Charles Drago
12-25-2010, 07:45 PM
If Frank "Mengele" Colby had a daughter ...

Peter Lemkin
12-25-2010, 07:46 PM
As for the claim that "the Tobacco Industry, the USG regulators, the NIH and many others knew the dangers of tobacco for over a century and hid it," upon what science was that based, or do you consider science unnecessary? The NIH didn't even exist as such until it was built up by the Lasker Lobby after World War II, simultaneously with its abuse for the persecution of tobacco. Perhaps this is what you consider science: In 1851, in the absence of anything resembling a database, Rev. Trask proclaimed, "It is computed that 20,000 persons every year, in America, go to their grave from the use of tobacco." (Temperance. Weekly Eagle, Brattleboro, Vt., Jun. 23, 1851.) "Rev. George Trask asserts that sleeping with a tobacco consumer actually affects the health of a person who does not use the article. The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal so far endorses his opinion as the say, 'This had not before occurred to us, but on examination of the facts [sic], there appears some reason in the statement." (Kenosha Telegraph, Nov. 19, 1852.) And "proving" the correctness of Rev. Trask's religion-based assertions has been the unstated goal of the Harvard School of Public Health, just like "creation science."

http://www.smokershistory.com/theorder.htm#Rev._George_Trask

The lead document you cite is merely a mish-mash of PR proposals. Where's the scientific fraud? They didn't even try to expose the anti-smokers' frauds. Where's the "concealment?" These were intended to counter the anti-smokers' lies about the health risks of tobacco, which clearly would have been unnecessary if these had been concealed as you pretend! Evidently you also believe that those whom you accuse have no right to defend themselves.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for you to defend the anti-smokers' flagrant scientific fraud of ignoring more than 50 studies which implicate human papillomaviruses as the cause of over ten times more non-small cell lung cancers than you pretend are caused by secondhand smoke, which their mass media propaganda machine has obediently concealed from the public.

Sorry, IMO, you are a 'flat Earth advocate'.....and giving you even the 'energy' of a reply gives some credence to the Earth being flat. My self, I think you have the wrong Forum.....but each to his own. The majority of all scientifically accurate and peer reviewed studies overwhelmingly show [as do empirical non-scientific evidence] that tobacco smoke contains about ten thousand carcinogens, teratogens, and other nasty substances, including radioactive Polonium...and it causes emphysema, cancers of the the lung and other organs, increases in heart attack, ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis/stroke/angina and other circulatory diseases and is synergenic with other diseases [the classic being that miners of asbestos who have a manifold increased chance of cancer who also smoke have not an additive, but an logarithmic increased chance of cancer. What planet are your from? Planet Phillip Morris or Planet Camel? Only the scientists paid by those who who stand to benefit from the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products would agree with you. Sorry. You didn't answer if you had a hidden interest in this matter....I wonder why..... Did Len Colby send you here?

Charles Drago
12-25-2010, 09:00 PM
This "person" is not a Flat Earther, Peter.

"She" is a holocaust denier of the first order.

Carol Thompson
12-25-2010, 09:58 PM
This "person" is not a Flat Earther, Peter.

"She" is a holocaust denier of the first order.

Speaking of Nazis, Dr. Ulrich C. Luft, an alumnus of “Operation Paperclip,” was associated with the Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1954 to 1980. He died in 1991.

http://libtextml.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu-mhhc1131.xml

"Jonathan M. has been involved with LRRI for almost 30 years. He is currently on the LRRI Research Program Oversight Committee. He began collaborating with the Institute when he was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico in the early 1980s," and was on its Board of Directors in 2010. (Breathe A Publication of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Fall 2010, p. 18.) He has been an anti-smoking activist since the Fifth World Conference on Smoking and Health in 1983. He was one of three "consulting scientific editors" and "prepared draft chapters or portions" of the 1986 Surgeon General Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking," and was also involved in the 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2004 SG Reports, and was Senior Scientific Editor of the 2006 Surgeon General Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke." He was also a member of the Science Advisory Board of the so-called "EPA" Report on ETS, the key chapters of which were actually secretly written by an anti-smoking activist crony of Samet's, using illegal pass-through contracts to conceal his role. Samet was Chairman of the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) committee which produced the fraudulent Monograph on Smoking and Involuntary Smoking in 2003. In 2005, Samet and three anti-smoking activist cronies formed a majority of the voting board of the ASHRAE Position Document on ETS. In addition, he committed perjury in 1998 in the State of Minnesota lawsuit against the cigarette companies, and testified in the US Department of Justice lawsuit against them as well. He was a contributing author and editor of the 2010 Surgeon General's Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease, and three of his adminstrative underlings (Roberta B. Gray, Nancy Leonard, and Deborah Williams) were also involved in the report. And, Samet is now chairman of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration as well.

http://www.smokershistory.com/Samet.htm

And, I will not tolerate being smeared as a "Nazi" by cretins who embrace every jot and tittle of Nazi health ideology, and the Nazi "ethic" of lies, defamation, and persecution as well.

Peter Lemkin
12-25-2010, 10:10 PM
Speaking of Nazis, Dr. Ulrich C. Luft, an alumnus of “Operation Paperclip,” was associated with the Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1954 to 1980. He died in 1991.

http://libtextml.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu-mhhc1131.xml

"Jonathan M. has been involved with LRRI for almost 30 years. He is currently on the LRRI Research Program Oversight Committee. He began collaborating with the Institute when he was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico in the early 1980s," and was on its Board of Directors in 2010. (Breathe A Publication of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Fall 2010, p. 18.) He has been an anti-smoking activist since the Fifth World Conference on Smoking and Health in 1983. He was one of three "consulting scientific editors" and "prepared draft chapters or portions" of the 1986 Surgeon General Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking," and was also involved in the 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2004 SG Reports, and was Senior Scientific Editor of the 2006 Surgeon General Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke." He was also a member of the Science Advisory Board of the so-called "EPA" Report on ETS, the key chapters of which were actually secretly written by an anti-smoking activist crony of Samet's, using illegal pass-through contracts to conceal his role. Samet was Chairman of the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) committee which produced the fraudulent Monograph on Smoking and Involuntary Smoking in 2003. In 2005, Samet and three anti-smoking activist cronies formed a majority of the voting board of the ASHRAE Position Document on ETS. In addition, he committed perjury in 1998 in the State of Minnesota lawsuit against the cigarette companies, and testified in the US Department of Justice lawsuit against them as well. He was a contributing author and editor of the 2010 Surgeon General's Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease, and three of his adminstrative underlings (Roberta B. Gray, Nancy Leonard, and Deborah Williams) were also involved in the report. And, Samet is now chairman of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration as well.

http://www.smokershistory.com/Samet.htm

And, I will not tolerate being smeared as a "Nazi" by cretins who embrace every jot and tittle of Nazi health ideology, and the Nazi "ethic" of lies, defamation, and persecution as well.

I have no reason [yet] to believe you are more than naive and misinformed. Have you a beach or mountains near you were you can contmplate upon? Your 'information' and 'bias' are not only wrong, but [IMHO] bizarre; and in line with the problems we see destroying the entire USA and Planet Gaia. I also find it interesting you do not comment on if you know about Colby, nor answer if you are affiliated with any PR firm under contract with Big Tobacco, or Big Tobacco itself.

So, tell us....are you a tobacco lobbyiest or just a tobacco junkie? The science/research/facts are NOT on your side....only Big Lies/Evil/Money are. Which side are you on?!...and why? I wonder at your arrival here on this Forum at this time, with [apparently] only ONE agenda. Care to share your your lobby connections and contracts?

Peter Lemkin
12-25-2010, 10:43 PM
This from the CDC...a very, VERY conservative USG entity....the truth of tobacco harm is IMO at least 100X worse than this...but even this blows you 'out of the water'....unless you have Tobacco Corporate Nukes....tell all 11driving
Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/

Health Effects Fact Sheets
Overview
Smoking and Death
Smoking and Increased Health Risks
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
Smoking and Respiratory Disease
Smoking and Cancer
Smoking and Other Health Effects
References
For Further Information
Overview

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general.1
Smoking and Death

Smoking causes death.
The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.2,3
More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.2,4
Smoking causes 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.1
An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.1
Smoking and Increased Health Risks

Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of—
coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times1,5
stroke by 2 to 4 times1,6
men developing lung cancer by 23 times1
women developing lung cancer by 13 times,1 and
dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) by 12 to 13 times.1
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.1
Cigarette smoking causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries) and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease (i.e., obstruction of the large arteries in the arms and legs that can cause a range of problems from pain to tissue loss or gangrene).1,7
Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm (i.e., a swelling or weakening of the main artery of the body—the aorta—where it runs through the abdomen).1
Smoking and Respiratory Disease
Smoking causes lung cancer.1,2
Smoking causes lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction) by damaging the airways and alveoli (i.e., small air sacs) of the lungs.1,2
Smoking and Cancer

Smoking causes the following cancers:1
Acute myeloid leukemia
Bladder cancer
Cancer of the cervix
Cancer of the esophagus
Kidney cancer
Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
Lung cancer
Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
Stomach cancer
Cancer of the uterus
Smoking and Other Health Effects

Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:
infertility,
preterm delivery,
stillbirth,
low birth weight, and
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).1,8


Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:8
Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked.
Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who never smoked.
References
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2008;57(45):1226–8 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health, United States, 2009. Hyattsville (MD): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 2009 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
Mokdad AH, Marks JS, Stroup DF, Gerberding JL. Actual Causes of Death in the United States. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 2004;291(10):1238–45 [cited 2010 Sep 1].
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reducing the Health Consequences of Smoking: 25 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville (MD): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 1989 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
Ockene IS, Miller NH. Cigarette Smoking, Cardiovascular Disease, and Stroke: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the American Heart Association. Circulation 1997;96(9):3243–3247 [cited 2010 Sep 1].
Institute of Medicine. Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence. (PDF) Washington: National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine; 2009 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville (MD): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General, 2001 [accessed 2010 Sep 1].
For Further Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Office on Smoking and Health
E-mail: tobaccoinfo@cdc.gov
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 06:46 AM
I have no reason [yet] to believe you are more than naive and misinformed. Have you a beach or mountains near you were you can contmplate upon? Your 'information' and 'bias' are not only wrong, but [IMHO] bizarre; and in line with the problems we see destroying the entire USA and Planet Gaia. I also find it interesting you do not comment on if you know about Colby, nor answer if you are affiliated with any PR firm under contract with Big Tobacco, or Big Tobacco itself.

So, tell us....are you a tobacco lobbyiest or just a tobacco junkie? The science/research/facts are NOT on your side....only Big Lies/Evil/Money are. Which side are you on?!...and why? I wonder at your arrival here on this Forum at this time, with [apparently] only ONE agenda. Care to share your your lobby connections and contracts?

Just show me one piece of my information that's wrong.

I haven't replied to your insinuations that I am "a tobacco lobbyist or just a tobacco junkie," because they are personal smears. Furthermore, you use them instead of responding with scientific evidence. Only "naive and misinformed" people believe that there is such a thing as a tobacco lobbyist or lawyer who defends the industry, instead of selling it out. The fact is that the tobacco companies have never attacked the anti-smokers' scientific fraud in any venue, including the courtroom. And Wisconsin's so-called tobacco lobbyists were literally cousins of its American Cancer Society lobbyists, who lobbied for Philip Morris, were in-laws of Democratic Gov. James Doyle, and close cronies of Republican Gov. Tommy Thommpson. One organized the lobbying arm of the State Medical Society. Their job was purely to sell us out, by collaborating with the anti-smokers in falsely framing the issue as "freedom versus public health."

http://www.smokershistory.com/tobacco.html

There's only one side that has ALL the money, and that's the anti-smokers.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 06:59 AM
[QUOTE=Peter Lemkin;29958]This from the CDC...a very, VERY conservative USG entity....the truth of tobacco harm is IMO at least 100X worse than this...but even this blows you 'out of the water'....unless you have Tobacco Corporate Nukes....tell all 11driving
Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/

[end quote]

Your CDC screed is nothing but buttwipe. There's no science there, only a command to unquestioningly believe what they say, in the manner of a fanatical religious cult.

The anti-smokers are guilty of scientific fraud for deliberately using defective studies to falsely blame smoking for diseases that are really caused by infection. This includes their FLAGRANT fraud of ignoring more than 50 studies, which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least a quarter of non-small cell lung cancers, and over ten times more lung cancers than they pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. They've committed the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking, but I'm still waiting for you to respond to this with something other than personal smears and defamations.

http://www.smokershistory.com/hpvlungc.htm

Charles Drago
12-26-2010, 12:31 PM
Peter, et al,

Do these tactics put you in mind of anyone:

Complete disregard for the critical questions getting to identity and motive.

Flooding the thread with endless recitations of long-debunked disinformation.

Ending erudite if sophistic screeds with gutter language.

Most significantly, the all-important challenge to engage, engage, engage ... in other words, prolong the long-settled debate so as to dignify its myriad sophistries and outright lies.

This is the stock-in-trade of agents provocateurs such as those who have found save haven at and, in many instances, now rule the EF. The many entities who write under the "Colby" identity engage in these operations on a routine basis.

The emergence of "Thompson" in the immediate wake of the Bronstein hacking/hijacking of this forum, when coupled with "Thompson's" subject matter -- the tobacco holocaust in which the historic "Colby's" father played a Mengele/Goebbels hybrid role -- give away this provocation.

"Thompson's" masters are playing a win-win game: If "she" remains, the disinformation spreads as the bandwidth shrinks; if "she" is booted, "Colby," Burton, and their gang of thieves at EF will be shouting about yet another instance of this forum banning someone who does not spout the true owners' shared party line.

Ladies and gentlemen: I submit to you that, in my highly educated and Constitutionally-protected opinion, there is an overwhelming case to be made that "Carol Thompson" -- whether a real person, a cover identity, or both -- comes to the Deep Politics Forum as an agent provocateur.

David Guyatt
12-26-2010, 02:50 PM
I haven't replied to your insinuations that I am "a tobacco lobbyist or just a tobacco junkie," because they are personal smears.

I disagree. This is a question that should be answered openly and without reservation, simply because you are representing views that could, reasonably, be said to reflect those of big tobacco. It is certainly not a smear to ask this question. Nor have I heard the argument before that a straight-forward question is typified an "insinuation".

In the last analysis, a question as to your "bona fides" needs to be answered fully, fairly and honestly, or else other readers will assume that you are hiding connections that damage your argument. This is human nature.

I recommend you proceed accordingly.

Lastly, it isn't even remotely possible that big tobacco is the "poor cousin" in all this. It is not short of money. Not by any measure of extreme wealth.

The fact remains that the historic lawsuit brought against them was enfeebled - out of the pubic eye - by all sorts of appeals and other legal impediments since the judgement was handed down. Big tobacco has not paid a fraction of the hundreds of billions awarded to the plaintiffs. And it was overflowing with unimaginably vast pools of funds prior to that. Billions of people still smoke, primarily now in LDC's - which big tobacco targeted after the lawsuit, confident that non-Europeans, (Southern Hemisphere peoples) wouldn't have the ability to defend against the power and advertising of a largely unregulated strum und drang onslaught unleashed by big tobacco to garner a vast stream of largely untapped revenue in exchange for their carcinogenic laden product.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 06:28 PM
Peter, et al,

Do these tactics put you in mind of anyone:

Complete disregard for the critical questions getting to identity and motive.

Flooding the thread with endless recitations of long-debunked disinformation.

Ending erudite if sophistic screeds with gutter language.

Most significantly, the all-important challenge to engage, engage, engage ... in other words, prolong the long-settled debate so as to dignify its myriad sophistries and outright lies.

This is the stock-in-trade of agents provocateurs such as those who have found save haven at and, in many instances, now rule the EF. The many entities who write under the "Colby" identity engage in these operations on a routine basis.

The emergence of "Thompson" in the immediate wake of the Bronstein hacking/hijacking of this forum, when coupled with "Thompson's" subject matter -- the tobacco holocaust in which the historic "Colby's" father played a Mengele/Goebbels hybrid role -- give away this provocation.

"Thompson's" masters are playing a win-win game: If "she" remains, the disinformation spreads as the bandwidth shrinks; if "she" is booted, "Colby," Burton, and their gang of thieves at EF will be shouting about yet another instance of this forum banning someone who does not spout the true owners' shared party line.

Ladies and gentlemen: I submit to you that, in my highly educated and Constitutionally-protected opinion, there is an overwhelming case to be made that "Carol Thompson" -- whether a real person, a cover identity, or both -- comes to the Deep Politics Forum as an agent provocateur.

"Complete disregard for the critical questions getting to identity and motive."

Evidently you believe that smearing people as holocaust deniers invalidates their scientific evidence.

"Flooding the thread with endless recitations of long-debunked disinformation."

Who debunked it and where? Certainly not in any Surgeon General report, which all evade this evidence by stonewalling.

"Ending erudite if sophistic screeds with gutter language."

Explain any so-called sophistry.

"Most significantly, the all-important challenge to engage, engage, engage ... in other words, prolong the long-settled debate so as to dignify its myriad sophistries and outright lies."

Cite examples of supposed "sophistries and outright lies." (Ha! The truth is that you don't have any. You are merely trying to pretend that disputing the say-so of authority is automatically a lie.) Furthermore, in REAL science, debates are not settled by censoring alternative hypotheses. In REAL science, debates are re-opened by new evidence, which is then freely discussed.

As for Colby, he's a perfect example of a strawman who works for the anti-smokers. All he does is snivel that he doesn't believe, while his fanatical inquisitors froth at the mouth with rage at a mere refusal to submit unquestioningly to their religious dogma. At no time do Colby or any of his ilk attack anti-smoker scientific fraud. Their only purpose is to serve as theater, to deceive the public that the pro-smoker side has no strong arguments to present.

And if someone appears who does have strong arguments, they get banned and censored.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 06:42 PM
I disagree. This is a question that should be answered openly and without reservation, simply because you are representing views that could, reasonably, be said to reflect those of big tobacco. It is certainly not a smear to ask this question. Nor have I heard the argument before that a straight-forward question is typified an "insinuation".

In the last analysis, a question as to your "bona fides" needs to be answered fully, fairly and honestly, or else other readers will assume that you are hiding connections that damage your argument. This is human nature.

I recommend you proceed accordingly.

Lastly, it isn't even remotely possible that big tobacco is the "poor cousin" in all this. It is not short of money. Not by any measure of extreme wealth.

The fact remains that the historic lawsuit brought against them was enfeebled - out of the pubic eye - by all sorts of appeals and other legal impediments since the judgement was handed down. Big tobacco has not paid a fraction of the hundreds of billions awarded to the plaintiffs. And it was overflowing with unimaginably vast pools of funds prior to that. Billions of people still smoke, primarily now in LDC's - which big tobacco targeted after the lawsuit, confident that non-Europeans, (Southern Hemisphere peoples) wouldn't have the ability to defend against the power and advertising of a largely unregulated strum und drang onslaught unleashed by big tobacco to garner a vast stream of largely untapped revenue in exchange for their carcinogenic laden product.

My views can NOT "reasonably, be said to reflect those of big tobacco," because Big Tobacco has never expressed these views, and particularly not where it would matter the most, namely in a court of law.

My views represent the interest that smokers and everyone else in the world has in legitimate, state-of-the-art science, rather than pseudo-science founded on lifestyle questionnaires, frozen in time to embrace only hypotheses involving chemicals and genes which were fashionable during the Third Reich, while ignoring the evidence implicating infection which has developed during the last 30 years.

Considering the tobacco companies' performance in the US, their moving into foreign markets is a sign that the anti-smokers are moving into those countries. And they'll perform their same fraudulent acts of theater there that they did here, so that the anti-smokers can win.

And, out of all the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been looted from smokers, not one cent has ever been used to protect smokers' rights, which have been grievously violated by the anti-smoker-controlled US government.

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 06:59 PM
My views can NOT "reasonably, be said to reflect those of big tobacco," because Big Tobacco has never expressed these views, and particularly not where it would matter the most, namely in a court of law.

My views represent the interest that smokers and everyone else in the world has in legitimate, state-of-the-art science, rather than pseudo-science founded on lifestyle questionnaires, frozen in time to embrace only hypotheses involving chemicals and genes which were fashionable during the Third Reich, while ignoring the evidence implicating infection which has developed during the last 30 years.

Considering the tobacco companies' performance in the US, their moving into foreign markets is a sign that the anti-smokers are moving into those countries. And they'll perform their same fraudulent acts of theater there that they did here, so that the anti-smokers can win.

And, out of all the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been looted from smokers, not one cent has ever been used to protect smokers' rights, which have been grievously violated by the anti-smoker-controlled US government.

:rofl: Let me see if I get this right. The USG is controlled by some anti-smoker 'gang'; and this explains everything - whether related to smoking or not. Now I get it.....the WTC towers came down due to smokers in the hallways. Anyone have the Colby letter handy [I have it, but for this parade, I'm not sure I want to hunt for it...maybe later] in which the inside Tobacco Scientists ADMIT to hiding data and building a false consensus. Carol [if that is your name], I think you should smoke if you want to...but I don't allow it in my house or even near me outside.....because it is a dangerous mix of toxins, radioactives and immune system inhibitors. I personally believe people should be allowed to smoke if they want; just as I do not think that suicide should be illegal....but murder should be and allowing smokers to pollute other's air, water, land, landfills, rivers, etc. is just slow murder. My guess is you know Len Colby or are Len Colby....but that is must my hunch.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 07:09 PM
:rofl: Let me see if I get this right. The USG is controlled by some anti-smoker 'gang'; and this explains everything - whether related to smoking or not. Now I get it.....the WTC towers came down due to smokers in the hallways. Anyone have the Colby letter handy [I have it, but for this parade, I'm not sure I want to hunt for it...maybe later] in which the inside Tobacco Scientists ADMIT to hiding data and building a false consensus. Carol [if that is your name], I think you should smoke if you want to...but I don't allow it in my house or even near me outside.....because it is a dangerous mix of toxins, radioactives and immune system inhibitors. I personally believe people should be allowed to smoke if they want; just as I do not think that suicide should be illegal....but murder should be and allowing smokers to pollute other's air, water, land, landfills, rivers, etc. is just slow murder. My guess is you know Len Colby or are Len Colby....but that is must my hunch.

That's nothing but an imaginary army of straw men, capped with an ad hominem.

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 07:43 PM
That's nothing but an imaginary army of straw men, capped with an ad hominem.

Will post a few like this .....as I have time.....

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Radioactive_Lead_and_Polonium-210_in_tobacco_smoke

The following describes a 1974 Liggett & Myers internal memo titled Comments on Recent News Releases Concerning Lead - 210 and Polonium - 210 in Cigarette Smoke

In 1974, a scientist name Edward Martell published a study in the scientific journal Nature that showed cigarette smoke contains radioactive polonium-210 and lead-210. Martell postulated that the alpha radiation emitted by these substances concentrates in the lungs of smokers and may be a contributor to lung cancer. The article caused a stir both inside and outside the tobacco industry. This 1974 Liggett memo acknowledges what Martell found--that radioactive polonium-210 and lead-210 are indeed present in cigarette smoke--and shows Liggett scientists planned to "counterbalance" Martell's information with "opposing opinions of equally reputable scientists..."

In the memo, Vello Norman, then Liggett's Supervisor of Physical Chemistry, states,
[Page 1]: "Tobacco leaf, as do all plant tissues, contains small amounts of many inorganic constituents, among them some lead and polonium."
[Page 2]: "Some of the recent publications have made some very strong statements about the significance of these levels of radiation such as: E.A. Martell, Nature, 249, 217 (1974): 'Thus, is seems that alpha radiation from [Polonium-210] in insoluble smoke particles may be the primary agent of bronchial cancer in smoking."

Norman then writes,
"We will have to counterbalance this by opposing opinions of equally reputable scientists such as: B. Rajewski and W. Stahlhofen: (the calculated dose rate) 'would seem to show that carcinogenesis caused by inhalation of [Polonium-210] with the tobacco smoke is rather unlikely."

Norman discounts Martell's conclusions by saying Martell is after money or "laurels," and essentially admits that the company doesn't know just how damaging the radioactive polonium and lead in smoke are, that they still need to do research to find this out:

Researchers, particularly when in pursuit of research grant monies or some other laurels, have been known to occasionally overstate what is warranted by facts in order to enhance the merits of their own thing. As it stands, we shall have to delay objective judgment as to just how significant Po-210 [polonium-210] in smoke is until considerable additional research is completed.

Title Comments on Recent News Releases Concerning Lead-210 and Polonium-210 in cigarette smoke
Org. Author Liggett & Myers
Per. Author Vello Norman
Date 19740725
Type Memorandum, Scientific report
Bates 81151933/1935
Collection Lorillard
Pages 3
URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qzl41e00

Related tobacco industry documents

A confidential Philip Morris (PM) memo from 1980 written by Roger Comes (a Associate Senior Scientist in PM's Research and Development department in Richmond, Virginia) responds to news reports about a research article that was published at the time by Edward Martell that revealed that cigarette smoke contained low levels of the radioactive alpha particle-emitting constituent Polonium-210. The memo confirms that PM was aware at that time that smoke from their cigarettes contained radioactive lead and polonium, and that it was derived from the uranium contained in the calcium phosphate fertilizers that farmers regularly used on tobacco-growing soils. Comes states that

"210-Pb [radioactive lead] and 210-Po [radioactive polonium] are present in tobacco and smoke...."

He also suggested that switching to another fertilizer could probably help the situation:

"...using ammonium phosphate instead of calcium phosphate as fertilizer is probably a valid but expensive point..."


Title: "Newscript" Radioactive Cigarettes 800222
Organizational Author: Philip Morris
Per. Author: R.A. Comes
Date: 19800402 (April 2, 1980)
Type: Memorandum, bibliography, scientific report
Bates No. 2012611337/1338
Collection: Philip Morris
Pages: 2
URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/syr46e00

Related Sourcewatch resources
Handwritten note from Philip_Morris scientist Jim Charles (1982 note from PM scientist acknowledging presence of Polonium-210 in smoke)
Cigarette Filters and Polonium-210 (Lorillard document discussing Polonium-210)
Brown & Williamson document titled "Environment" (Estimated 1976 document which muses about whether Po-210 in soil will be eliminated in the future through hydroponic agriculture)

External resources
Andy Rowell Tobacco firms kept quiet on polonium role in cigarettes U.K. Independent, Health News section, August 24, 2008
Monique E. Muggli, MPH, Jon O. Ebbert, MD, Channing Robertson, PhD and Richard D. Hurt, MD Waking a Sleeping Giant: The Tobacco Industry’s Response to the Polonium-210 Issue, American Journal of Public Health, September 2008, Vol 98, No. 9, Pp. 1643-1650
Robert N. Proctor, Ph.D. Puffing on Polonium, New York Times opinion section, December 1, 2006.

Charles Drago
12-26-2010, 07:46 PM
"Complete disregard for the critical questions getting to identity and motive."

Evidently you believe that smearing people as holocaust deniers invalidates their scientific evidence.

"Flooding the thread with endless recitations of long-debunked disinformation."

Who debunked it and where? Certainly not in any Surgeon General report, which all evade this evidence by stonewalling.

"Ending erudite if sophistic screeds with gutter language."

Explain any so-called sophistry.

"Most significantly, the all-important challenge to engage, engage, engage ... in other words, prolong the long-settled debate so as to dignify its myriad sophistries and outright lies."

Cite examples of supposed "sophistries and outright lies." (Ha! The truth is that you don't have any. You are merely trying to pretend that disputing the say-so of authority is automatically a lie.) Furthermore, in REAL science, debates are not settled by censoring alternative hypotheses. In REAL science, debates are re-opened by new evidence, which is then freely discussed.

As for Colby, he's a perfect example of a strawman who works for the anti-smokers. All he does is snivel that he doesn't believe, while his fanatical inquisitors froth at the mouth with rage at a mere refusal to submit unquestioningly to their religious dogma. At no time do Colby or any of his ilk attack anti-smoker scientific fraud. Their only purpose is to serve as theater, to deceive the public that the pro-smoker side has no strong arguments to present.

And if someone appears who does have strong arguments, they get banned and censored.

All,

This is a classic iteration -- laughable if it weren't so tragic -- of all that I referenced in the above-quoted section.

I'm convinced. "Thompson" is "Colby." Even the "cite examples" language is lifted verbatim from dozens upon dozens of "Colby" posts.

"Cite examples," to reiterate, is in service to the need to engage, engage, engage. All the enemy wants is to prolong the long-settled arguments. Such is the brief of "Colby" and "Thompson."

It is clear to me that one or more of the individuals posting as "Colby" is/are at it here. Let's let it go a bit longer so as to draw them out. Then let's enjoy their "The DPF doesn't allow dissent" posts on the Ef.

I guess that if you have all the material resources in the world, you can afford to employ idiots.

"Thompson," you are exposed.

Charles

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 07:49 PM
Everyone knows the Surgeon General’s warning about cigarette smoking but what about cigarette eating? Nicotine poisoning is a very real concern anywhere that a pet may find cigarettes, cigarette butts, chewing tobacco, or even nicotine gum or patches. Dogs, particularly puppies, tend to chew things up first and ask questions later. Cats may find a cigarette butt to be a nicely sized pouncing toy worthy of chewing.

[One thing they failed to mention and I will, is that cigarette butts on the sidewalks and streets, especially in rain/snow will cause Nicotine to be absorbed into the pads on the bottom of dogs paws]

Luckily for pets and small children, tobacco tastes terrible. Even chewing tobacco must have flavorings added to make it something worthy of oral enjoyment. Still, cigarettes have plenty of nicotine and even a small cigarette butt can mean serious illness or even death for a small pet.

The toxic dose for nicotine in pets is 1/2 -1mg per pound of pet body weight while the lethal dose is 4mg per pound of pet body weight. A cigarette contains 9-30 mg of nicotine depending on the type of cigarette; while a cigarette butt contains about 25% of the nicotine of the original cigarette despite its deceptively small amount of tobacco. (Smoking seems to concentrate some of the nicotine in the tail end of the cigarette.) Cigars can contain up to 40 mg. Chewing tobacco carries 6-8 mg per gram while the gum is 2-4 mg per piece and patches 8.3-114 mg. Smoking a cigarette yields only 0.5-2 mg of nicotine but eating one is a different ballgame as all of the nicotine becomes available for absorption into the body. One way to rephrase this is that a 40lb dog would get very sick after eating one cigarette but would need 11 cigarettes to actually die from nicotine poisoning.

Some good news is that nicotine is not absorbed directly in the acid environment of the stomach; the nicotine must move past the stomach into the small intestine for absorption. One of the first things nicotine does in the body is stimulate the vomit center of the brain, thus inducing vomiting which may save the patient’s life if there is more cigarette material in the stomach.

SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE POISONING

Signs begin as quickly as one hour post-ingestion. Symptoms include:
Tremors

Constricted pupils

Drooling

Auditory and Visual Hallucinations

Excitement

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Twitching possibly progressing to Seizures

Racing heart rate but slow heart rate with small doses

High blood pressure but at higher doses there is a circulatory collapse

It is easy to confuse nicotine poisoning with other poisonings such as strychnine, chocolate, organophosphate insecticide, and certain molds. Hopefully, there will be cigarette materials in the vomit to give away the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

Washing out the stomach to get rid of any remaining cigarette materials is helpful but is likely to require sedation. Since most patients are agitated, this is often a good thing anyway. Seizures are treated with seizure suppressing
drugs. It is tempting to use antacids to protect the stomach but as it is the stomach acid that is inhibiting the nicotine absorption, it is best to avoid this therapy. If the pet survives the first 4 hours, prognosis is felt to be good. Nicotine is inactivated by a healthy liver and its metabolites are excreted in urine. After 16 hours, the nicotine ingested should be gone.

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 07:54 PM
Using Smokeless Tobacco is gambling with your health!

Smokeless "Spit" tobacco contains over 2,000 chemicals, many of which have been directly related to causing cancer. Here are a few photos of mouth problems caused by the reaction of tobacco in the mouth. Photos courtesy of A.Christen, Indiana University. Source of information: US Surgeon General Report, 1986

Carcinogensis Associated With Smokeless Tobacco Use

1. The scientific evidence is strong that the use of smokeless tobacco can cause cancer in humans. The association between smokeless tobacco use and cancer is strongest for cancers of the oral cavity.

2. Oral cancer has been shown to occur several times more frequently among snuff dippers than among nontobacco users, and the excess risk of cancers of the cheek and gum may reach nearly fifty-fold among long-term snuff users.

3. Some investigations suggest that the use of chewing tobacco also may increase the risk of oral cancer.

4. Evidence for an association between smokeless tobacco use and cancers outside of the oral cavity in humans is sparse. Some investigations suggest that smokeless tobacco users may face increased risks of tumors of the upper digestive tract, but results are currently inconclusive.

5. Experimental investigations have revealed potent carcinogens in snuff and chewing tobacco. These include nitrosamines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and radiation-emitting polonium. The tobacco-specific nitrosamines N-nitrosonornicotine and 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl -l-butanone have been detected in smokeless tobacco at levels 100 times higher than the regulated levels of other nitrosamines found in bacon, beer, and other foods. Animals exposed to these tobacco-specific nitrosamines, at levels approximating those thought to be accumulated during a human lifetime by daily smokeless tobacco users, have developed an excess of a variety of tumors. The nitrosamines can be metabolized by target tissues to compounds that can modify cellular genetic material.

6. Bioassays exposing animals to smokeless tobacco, however, have generally shown little or no increased tumor production, although some bioassays suggest that snuff may cause oral tumors when tested in animals that are infected With herpes simplex virus.

Noncancerous and Precancerous Oral Health Effects Associated With Smokeless Tobacco Use

1. Some snuff-induced oral leukoplakic lesions have been noted upon continued smokeless tobacco use to undergo transformation to a dysplastic state. A portion of these dysplastic lesions can further develop into carcinomas of either a verrcous or squamous cell variety.

2. Recent studies of the effects of smokeless tobacco use on gingival and periodontal tissues have resulted in equivocal findings. While gingival recession is a common outcome from use, gingivitis may or may not occur. Because longitudinal data are not available, the role of smokeless tobacco in the development and progression of gingivitis or periodontitis has not been confirmed.

3. The evidence concerning the effects of smokeless tobacco use on the salivary' glands is inconclusive.

Nicotine Exposure: Pharmacokinetics, Addiction, and Other Physiologic Effects

l. The use of smokeless tobacco products can lead to nicotine dependence or addiction.

2. An examination of the pharmacokietics of nicotine (i.e., nicotine absorption, distribution, and ellimination) resulting from smoking and smokeless tobacco use indicates that the magnitude of nicotine exposure is similar for both.

3. Despite the complexities of tobacco smoke self-administration, systematic analysis has confirmed that the resulting addiction is similar to that produced and maintained by other addictive drugs in both humans and animals. Animals can learn to discriminate nicotine from other substances because of its effects on the central nervous system. These effects are related to the dose and rate of administration, as is also the case with other drugs of abuse.

4. It has been shown that nicotine functions as a reinforcer under a variety of conditions. It has been confirmed that nicotine can function in all of the capacities that characterize a drug with a liability to widespread abuse. Additionally, as is the case with most other drugs of abuse, nicotine produces effects in the user that are considered desirable to the user. These effects are caused by the nicotine and not simply by the vehicle of delivery (tobacco or tobacco smoke).

5. Nicotine is similar in all critical measures to prototypic drugs of abuse such as morphine and cocaine. The methods and criteria used to establish these similarities are identical to those used for other drugs suspected of having the potential to produce abuse and physiologic dependence. Specifically, nicotine is psychoactive, producing transient dose-related changes in mood and feeling. It is a euphoriant that produces dose-related increases in scores on standard measures of euphoria. It is a reinforcer (or reward, in both human and animal intravenous self-administration paradigms, functioning as do other hags of abuse. Additionally, nicotine through smoking produces the same effects, and it causes neuroadaptation leading to tolerance and physiologic dependence. Taken together, these results confirm the hypothesis that the role of nicotine in the compulsive use of tobacco is the same as the role of morphine in the compulsive use of opium derivatives or of cocaine in the compulsive use of era derivatives.

6. The evidence that smokeless tobacco is addicting includes the pharmacologic role of nicotine dose in regulating tobacco intake; the commonalities between nicotine and other prototypic dependence-producing substances; the abuse liability and dependence potential of nicotine; and the direct, albeit limited at present, evidence that orally delivered nicotine retains the characteristics of an addictive drug.

7. Several other characteristics of tobacco products in general, including smokeless tobacco, may function to enhance further the number of persons who are afflicted by nicotine dependence: nicotine-delivering products are widely available and relatively inexpensive; and the self-administration of such products is legal, relatively well tolerated by society, and produces minimal disruption to cognitive and behavioral performance. Nicotine produces a variety of individual-specific therapeutic actions such as mood and performance enhancement; and the brief effects of nicotine ensure that conditioning occurs, because the behavior is associated with numerous concomitant environmental stimuli.

8. All commonly marketed and consumed smokeless tobacco products contain substantial quantities of nicotine. The nicotine is delivered to the central nervous system in addicting quantities when used in the fashion that each form is commonly used (or as recommended in smokeless tobacco marketing campaigns).

9. Since the exposure to nicotine from smokeless tobacco is similar in magnitude to nicotine exposure from cigarette smoking, the health consequences of smoking that are caused by nicotine also would be expected to be hazards of smokeless tobacco use. Areas of particular concern in which nicotine may play a contributory or supportive role in the pathogenesis of disease include coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, peptic ulcer disease, and fetal mortality and morbidity.



Smokeless Tobacco Is Less Risky Than Smoking, though still dangerous. Some other effects are:

TOOTH ABRASION - Grit and sand in smokeless tobacco products scratches teeth and wears away the hard surface or enamel. Premature loss of tooth enamel can cause added sensitivity and may require corrective treatment.

GUM RECESSION - Constant irritation to the spot in the mouth where a small wad of chewing tobacco is placed can result in permanent damage to periodontal tissue. It also can damage the supporting bone structure. The injured gums pull away from the teeth, exposing root surfaces and leaving teeth sensitive to heat and cold. Erosion of critical bone support leads to loosened teeth that can be permanently lost.

INCREASED TOOTH DECAY - Sugar is added to smokeless tobacco during the curing and processing to improve its taste. The sugar reacts with bacteria found naturally in the mouth, causing an acid reaction, which leads to decay.

TOOTH DISCOLORATION AND BAD BREATH - Common traits of long-term smokeless tobacco users are stained teeth and bad breath. Moreover, the habit of continually spitting can be both unsightly and offensive.

NICOTINE DEPENDENCE - Nicotine blood levels achieved by smokeless tobacco use are similar to those from cigarette smoking. Nicotine addiction can lead to an artificially increased heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, it can constrict the blood vessels that are necessary to carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Athletic performance and endurance levels are decreased by this reaction.

UNHEALTHY EATING HABITS - Chewing tobacco lessens a person's sense of taste and ability to smell. As a result, users tend to eat more salty and sweet foods, both of which are harmful if consumed in excess.

ORAL CANCER - With the practice of "chewing" and "dipping," tobacco and its irritating juices are left in contact with gums, cheeks and/or lips for prolonged periods of time. This can result in a condition called leukoplakia. Leukoplakia appears either as a smooth, white patch or as leathery-looking wrinkled skin. It results in cancer in 3 percent to 5 percent of all cases.

OTHER CANCERS - All forms of smokeless tobacco contain high concentrations of cancer-causing agents. These substances subject users to increased cancer risk not only of the oral cavity, but also the pharynx, larynx and esophagus.

DANGER SIGNS - If you use smokeless tobacco, or have in the past, you should be on the lookout for some of these early signs of oral cancer:

* A sore that does not heal
* A lump or white patch
* A prolonged sore throat
* Difficulty in chewing
* Restricted movement of the tongue or jaws
* A feeling of something in the throat

Pain is rarely an early symptom. For this reason, all tobacco users need regular dental check-ups. http://www.quittobacco.com/facts/effects.htm

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 08:01 PM
Nicotine
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the chemical compound. For other uses, see Nicotine (disambiguation).
Nicotine

Systematic (IUPAC) name
3-[(2S)-1-methylpyrrolidin-2-yl]pyridine
Identifiers
CAS number 54-11-5
ATC code N07BA01 QP53AX13
PubChem CID 942
DrugBank DB00184
ChemSpider 80863
UNII 6M3C89ZY6R
Chemical data
Formula C10H14N2
Mol. mass 162.26 g/mol
SMILES eMolecules & PubChem
InChI[show]
Physical data
Density 1.01 g/cm³
Melt. point -79 °C (-110 °F)
Boiling point 247 °C (477 °F)
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 20 to 45% (oral)
Metabolism hepatic
Half-life 2 hours
Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat. D(US)
Legal status Unscheduled (AU) ? (UK) ? (US)
Dependence liability Medium to high
Routes smoked (as smoking tobacco, mapacho, etc.), insufflated (as tobacco snuff or nicotine nasal spray), chewed (as nicotine gum, tobacco gum or chewing tobacco), transdermal (as nicotine patch, nicogel or topical tobacco paste), intrabuccal (as dipping tobacco, snuffs, dissolvable tobacco or creamy snuff), vaporized (as electronic cigarette, etc.), directly inhaled (as nicotine inhaler), oral (as nicotini), buccal (as snus)
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Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) that constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco,[1][2] with biosynthesis taking place in the roots and accumulation occurring in the leaves. It functions as an antiherbivore chemical with particular specificity to insects; therefore nicotine was widely used as an insecticide in the past,[3][4] and currently nicotine analogs such as imidacloprid continue to be widely used. Nicotine is also found in several other members of the Solanaceae family, with small amounts being present in species such as the Eggplant and Tomato.

In low concentrations (an average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine), the substance acts as a stimulant in mammals and is the main factor responsible for the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking. According to the American Heart Association, nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break, while the pharmacological and behavioral characteristics that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.[5] Nicotine content in cigarettes has slowly increased over the years, and one study found that there was an average increase of 1.6% per year between the years of 1998 and 2005. This was found for all major market categories of cigarettes.[6]Contents [hide]
1 History and name
2 Chemistry
3 Optical activity
4 Pharmacology
4.1 Pharmacokinetics
4.2 Detection of use
4.3 Pharmacodynamics
4.3.1 In CNS
4.3.2 In SNS
4.3.3 In adrenal medulla
5 Psychoactive effects
6 Dependence and withdrawal
6.1 Immunology prevention
7 Toxicology
8 Link to circulatory disease
9 Therapeutic uses
10 Research as a potential basis for an antipsychotic agent
11 See also
12 References
13 Further reading
14 External links

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History and name

Nicotine is named after the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum, which in turn is named after Jean Nicot de Villemain, French ambassador in Portugal, who sent tobacco and seeds from Brazil to Paris in 1560 and promoted their medicinal use. Nicotine was first isolated from the tobacco plant in 1828 by German chemists Posselt & Reimann, who considered it a poison.[7] Its chemical empirical formula was described by Melsens in 1843,[8] its structure was discovered by Adolf Pinner and Richard Wolffenstein in 1893, and it was first synthesized by A. Pictet and Crepieux in 1904.[9]
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Chemistry

Nicotine is a hygroscopic, oily liquid that is miscible with water in its base form. As a nitrogenous base, nicotine forms salts with acids that are usually solid and water soluble. Nicotine easily penetrates the skin. As shown by the physical data, free base nicotine will burn at a temperature below its boiling point, and its vapors will combust at 308 K (35 °C; 95 °F) in air despite a low vapor pressure. Because of this, most of the nicotine is burned when a cigarette is smoked; however, enough is inhaled to cause pharmacological effects.
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Optical activity

Nicotine is optically active, having two enantiomeric forms. The naturally occurring form of nicotine is levorotatory, with [α]D = –166.4°. The dextrorotatory form, (+)-nicotine, has only one-half the physiological activity of (–)-nicotine. It is therefore weaker in the sense that a higher dose is required to attain the same effects.[10] The salts of (+)-nicotine are usually dextrorotatory.
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Pharmacology
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Pharmacokinetics

Side effects of nicotine.[11]

As nicotine enters the body, it is distributed quickly through the bloodstream and can cross the blood-brain barrier. On average it takes about seven seconds for the substance to reach the brain when inhaled.[citation needed] The half life of nicotine in the body is around two hours.[12]

The amount of nicotine absorbed by the body from smoking depends on many factors, including the type of tobacco, whether the smoke is inhaled, and whether a filter is used. For chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, snus and snuff, which are held in the mouth between the lip and gum, or taken in the nose, the amount released into the body tends to be much greater than smoked tobacco. Nicotine is metabolized in the liver by cytochrome P450 enzymes (mostly CYP2A6, and also by CYP2B6). A major metabolite is cotinine.

Other primary metabolites include nicotine N'-oxide, nornicotine, nicotine isomethonium ion, 2-hydroxynicotine and nicotine glucuronide.[13]

Glucuronidation and oxidative metabolism of nicotine to cotinine are both inhibited by menthol, an additive to mentholated cigarettes, thus increasing the half-life of nicotine in vivo.[14]
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Detection of use

Nicotine can be quantified in blood, plasma, or urine to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning or to facilitate a medicolegal death investigation. Urinary or salivary cotinine concentrations are frequently measured for the purposes of pre-employment and health insurance medical screening programs. Careful interpretation of results is important, since passive exposure to cigarette smoke can result in significant accumulation of nicotine, followed by the appearance of its metabolites in various body fluids.[15][16] Nicotine use is not regulated in competitive sports programs, yet the drug has been shown to have a significant beneficial effect on athletic performance.[17]
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Pharmacodynamics

Nicotine acts on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, specifically the ganglion type nicotinic receptor and one CNS nicotinic receptor. The former is present in the adrenal medulla and elsewhere, while the latter is present in the central nervous system (CNS). In small concentrations, nicotine increases the activity of these receptors. Nicotine also has effects on a variety of other neurotransmitters through less direct mechanisms.
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In CNS

Effect of nicotine on dopaminergic neurons

By binding to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, nicotine increases the levels of several neurotransmitters - acting as a sort of "volume control". It is thought that increased levels of dopamine in the reward circuits of the brain are responsible for the euphoria and relaxation and eventual addiction caused by nicotine consumption. Nicotine has a higher affinity for acetylcholine receptors in the brain than those in skeletal muscle, though at toxic doses it can induce contractions and respiratory paralysis.[18] Nicotine's selectivity is thought to be due to a particular amino acid difference on these receptor subtypes.[19]

Tobacco smoke contains the monoamine oxidase inhibitors harman, norharman,[20] anabasine, anatabine, and nornicotine. These compounds significantly decrease MAO activity in smokers.[20][21] MAO enzymes break down monoaminergic neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

Chronic nicotine exposure via tobacco smoking up-regulates alpha4beta2* nAChR in cerebellum and brainstem regions[22][23] but not habenulopeduncular structures.[24] Alpha4beta2 and alpha6beta2 receptors, present in the ventral tegmental area, play a crucial role in mediating the reinforcement effects of nicotine.[25]
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In SNS

Nicotine also activates the sympathetic nervous system,[26] acting via splanchnic nerves to the adrenal medulla, stimulates the release of epinephrine. Acetylcholine released by preganglionic sympathetic fibers of these nerves acts on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, causing the release of epinephrine (and norepinephrine) into the bloodstream. Nicotine also has an affinity for melanin-containing tissues due to its precursor function in melanin synthesis or its irreversible binding of melanin and nicotine. This has been suggested to underlie the increased nicotine dependence and lower smoking cessation rates in darker pigmented individuals.[27]

Effect of nicotine on chromaffin cells
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In adrenal medulla

By binding to ganglion type nicotinic receptors in the adrenal medulla nicotine increases flow of adrenaline (epinephrine), a stimulating hormone and neurotransmitter. By binding to the receptors, it causes cell depolarization and an influx of calcium through voltage-gated calcium channels. Calcium triggers the exocytosis of chromaffin granules and thus the release of epinephrine (and norepinephrine) into the bloodstream. The release of epinephrine (adrenaline) causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, as well as higher blood glucose levels.[28]

Nicotine is the natural product of tobacco, having a half-life of 1 to 2 hours. Cotinine is an active metabolite of nicotine that remains in the blood for 18 to 20 hours, making it easier to analyze due to its longer half-life.[29]
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Psychoactive effects

Nicotine's mood-altering effects are different by report: in particular it is both a stimulant and a relaxant.[30] First causing a release of glucose from the liver and epinephrine (adrenaline) from the adrenal medulla, it causes stimulation. Users report feelings of relaxation, sharpness, calmness, and alertness.[31] Like any stimulant, it may very rarely cause the often catastrophically uncomfortable neuropsychiatric effect of akathisia. By reducing the appetite and raising the metabolism, some smokers may lose weight as a consequence.[32][33]

When a cigarette is smoked, nicotine-rich blood passes from the lungs to the brain within seven seconds and immediately stimulates the release of many chemical messengers including acetylcholine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, vasopressin, arginine, dopamine, autocrine agents, and beta-endorphin.[34] This release of neurotransmitters and hormones is responsible for most of nicotine's effects. Nicotine appears to enhance concentration[35] and memory due to the increase of acetylcholine. It also appears to enhance alertness due to the increases of acetylcholine and norepinephrine. Arousal is increased by the increase of norepinephrine. Pain is reduced by the increases of acetylcholine and beta-endorphin. Anxiety is reduced by the increase of beta-endorphin. Nicotine also extends the duration of positive effects of dopamine[36] and increases sensitivity in brain reward systems.[37] Most cigarettes (in the smoke inhaled) contain 1 to 3 milligrams of nicotine.[38]

Research suggests that, when smokers wish to achieve a stimulating effect, they take short quick puffs, which produce a low level of blood nicotine.[39] This stimulates nerve transmission. When they wish to relax, they take deep puffs, which produce a high level of blood nicotine, which depresses the passage of nerve impulses, producing a mild sedative effect. At low doses, nicotine potently enhances the actions of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, causing a drug effect typical of those of psychostimulants. At higher doses, nicotine enhances the effect of serotonin and opiate activity, producing a calming, pain-killing effect. Nicotine is unique in comparison to most drugs, as its profile changes from stimulant to sedative/pain killer in increasing dosages and use.

Technically, nicotine is not significantly addictive, as nicotine administered alone does not produce significant reinforcing properties.[40] However, only after coadministration with an MAOI, such as those found in tobacco, nicotine produces significant behavioral sensitization, a measure of addiction potential. This is similar in effect to amphetamine.[41]

Nicotine gum, usually in 2-mg or 4-mg doses, and nicotine patches are available, as well as smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes which do not have all the other ingredients in smoked tobacco.[citation needed]

A 21 mg patch applied to the left arm. The Cochrane Collaboration finds that NRT increases a quitter's chance of success by 50 to 70%.[42] But in 1990, researchers found that 93% of users returned to smoking within six months.[43]
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Dependence and withdrawal
See also: Smoking cessation

Modern research shows that nicotine acts on the brain to produce a number of effects. Specifically, its addictive nature has been found to show that nicotine activates reward pathways—the circuitry within the brain that regulates feelings of pleasure and euphoria.[44]

Dopamine is one of the key neurotransmitters actively involved in the brain. Research shows that by increasing the levels of dopamine within the reward circuits in the brain, nicotine acts as a chemical with intense addictive qualities. In many studies it has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine and heroin.[citation needed] Like other physically addictive drugs, nicotine withdrawal causes down-regulation of the production of dopamine and other stimulatory neurotransmitters as the brain attempts to compensate for artificial stimulation. As dopamine regulates the sensitivity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors decreases. To compensate for this compensatory mechanism, the brain in turn upregulates the number of receptors, convoluting its regulatory effects with compensatory mechanisms meant to counteract other compensatory mechanisms. An example is the increase in norepinephrine, one of the successors to dopamine, which inhibit reuptake of the glutamate receptors,[45] in charge of memory and cognition. The net effect is an increase in reward pathway sensitivity, opposite of other drugs of abuse such as cocaine and heroin, which reduce reward pathway sensitivity.[37] This neuronal brain alteration persists for months after administration ceases. Nicotine also has the potential to cause dependence in many animals other than humans, assuming they were to consume it.[citation needed]

A study found that nicotine exposure in adolescent mice retards the growth of the dopamine system, thus increasing the risk of substance abuse during adolescence.[46]
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Immunology prevention

Because of the severe addictions and the harmful effects of smoking, vaccination protocols have been developed. The principle is under the premise that if an antibody is attached to a nicotine molecule, it will be prevented from diffusing through the capillaries, thus making it less likely that it ever affects the brain by binding to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

These include attaching the nicotine molecule to a hapten such as Keyhole limpet hemocyanin or a safe modified bacterial toxin to elicit an active immune response. Often it is added with bovine serum albumin.

Additionally, because of concerns with the unique immune systems of individuals being liable to produce antibodies against endogenous hormones and over the counter drugs, monoclonal antibodies have been developed for short term passive immune protection. They have half-lives varying from hours to weeks. Their half-lives depend on their ability to resist degradation from pinocytosis by epithelial cells.[47]
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Toxicology
See also: Nicotine poisoning

The LD50 of nicotine is 50 mg/kg for rats and 3 mg/kg for mice. 40–60 mg (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans.[48][49] Nicotine therefore has a high toxicity in comparison to many other alkaloids such as cocaine, which has an LD50 of 95.1 mg/kg when administered to mice. It is unlikely that a person would overdose on nicotine through smoking alone, although intoxication can occur through the excessive use of nicotine patches, gum, nasal sprays or oral inhalers intended as smoking cessation aids.[50][51] Spilling a high concentration of nicotine onto the skin can cause intoxication or even death, since nicotine readily passes into the bloodstream following dermal contact.[52]

The carcinogenic properties of nicotine in standalone form, separate from tobacco smoke, have not been evaluated by the IARC, and it has not been assigned to an official carcinogen group. The currently available literature indicates that nicotine, on its own, does not promote the development of cancer in healthy tissue and has no mutagenic properties. However, nicotine and the increased cholinergic activity it causes have been shown to impede apoptosis, which is one of the methods by which the body destroys unwanted cells (programmed cell death). Since apoptosis helps to remove mutated or damaged cells that may eventually become cancerous, the inhibitory actions of nicotine may create a more favourable environment for cancer to develop, though this also remains to be proven.[53]

Though the teratogenic properties of nicotine may or may not yet have been adequately researched, women who use nicotine gum and patches during the early stages of pregnancy face an increased risk of having babies with birth defects, according to a study of around 77,000 pregnant women in Denmark. The study found that women who use nicotine-replacement therapy in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy have a 60 percent greater risk of having babies with birth defects, compared to women who are non-smokers, the Daily Mail reported. The findings were published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Effective April 1, 1990, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency added nicotine to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause developmental toxicity, for the purposes of Proposition 65.[54]
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Nicotine has very powerful effects on arteries throughout the body. Nicotine is a stimulant, it raises blood pressure, and is a vasoconstrictor, making it harder for the heart to pump through the constricted arteries. It causes the body to release its stores of fat and cholesterol into the blood.[55]

It has been speculated[who?] that nicotine increases the risk of blood clots by increasing plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, though this has not been proven. Plasma fibrinogen levels are elevated in smokers and are further elevated during acute COPD exacerbation. Also Factor XIII, which stabilizes fibrin clots, is increased in smokers. But neither of these two effects has been shown to be caused by nicotine [56] as of 2009.

Peripheral circulation in arteries going to the extremities is also highly susceptible to the vasoconstrictor effects of nicotine and the increased risk of clots and clogging.[citation needed]
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Therapeutic uses

The primary therapeutic use of nicotine is in treating nicotine dependence in order to eliminate smoking with the damage it does to health. Controlled levels of nicotine are given to patients through gums, dermal patches, lozenges, electronic/substitute cigarettes or nasal sprays in an effort to wean them off their dependence.

However, in a few situations, smoking has been observed to apparently be of therapeutic value. These are often referred to as "Smoker’s Paradoxes".[57] Although in most cases the actual mechanism is understood only poorly or not at all, it is generally believed that the principal beneficial action is due to the nicotine administered, and that administration of nicotine without smoking may be as beneficial as smoking, without the higher risk to health due to tar and other ingredients found in tobacco.

For instance, recent studies suggest that smokers require less frequent repeated revascularization after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).[57] Risk of ulcerative colitis has been frequently shown to be reduced by smokers on a dose-dependent basis; the effect is eliminated if the individual stops smoking.[58][59] Smoking also appears to interfere with development of Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with HIV,[1].[60]

Nicotine reduces the chance of Breast cancer among women carrying the very high risk BRCA gene,[61] preeclampsia,[62] and atopic disorders such as allergic asthma.[63] A plausible mechanism of action in these cases may be nicotine acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, and interfering with the inflammation-related disease process, as nicotine has vasoconstrictive effects.[64]

Tobacco smoke has been shown to contain compounds capable of inhibiting MAO. Monoamine oxidase is responsible for the degradation of dopamine in the human brain. When dopamine is broken down by MAO-B, neurotoxic by-products are formed, possibly contributing to Parkinson's and Alzheimers disease.[65] Many such papers regarding Alzheimer's disease[66] and Parkinson's Disease[67] have been published. Recent studies find no beneficial link between smoking and Alzheimer's disease and in some cases, suggest it may actually result in an earlier onset of the disease.[68][69][70][71] However, nicotine has been shown to delay the onset of Parkinson's disease in studies involving monkeys and humans.[72][73][74]

Recent studies have indicated that nicotine can be used to help adults suffering from autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. The same areas that cause seizures in that form of epilepsy are responsible for processing nicotine in the brain.[75]

Studies suggest a correlation between smoking and schizophrenia, with estimates near 75% for the proportion of schizophrenic patients who smoke. Although the nature of this association remains unclear, it was recently argued that the increased level of smoking in schizophrenia may be due to a desire to self-medicate with nicotine.[76][77] More recent research has found that mildly dependent users got some benefit from nicotine, but not those who were highly dependent.[78] All of these studies are based only on observation, and no interventional (randomized) studies have been done. Research on nicotine as administered through a patch or gum is ongoing.

Nicotine appears to improve ADHD symptoms. Some studies are focusing on benefits of nicotine therapy in adults with ADHD.[79]

Nicotine (in the form of chewing gum or a transdermal patch) is being explored as an experimental treatment for OCD. Small studies show some success, even in otherwise treatment-refractory cases.[80][81][82]
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Research as a potential basis for an antipsychotic agent

When the metabolites of nicotine were isolated and their effect on first the animal brain and then the human brain in people with schizophrenia were studied, it was shown that the effects helped with cognitive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Therefore, the nicotinergic agents, as antipsychotics which do not contain nicotine but act on the same receptors in the brain are showing promise as adjunct antipsychotics in early stages of FDA studies on schizophrenia. The prepulse inhibition (PPI) is a phenomenon in which a weak prepulse attenuates the response to a subsequent startling stimulus. Therefore, PPI is believed to have face, construct, and predictive validity for the PPI disruption in schizophrenia, and it is widely used as a model to study the neurobiology of this disorder and for screening antipsychotics.[83] Additionally, studies have shown that there are genes predisposing people with schizophrenia to nicotine use.[84]

Therefore with these factors taken together the heavy usage of cigarettes and other nicotine related products among people with schizophrenia may be explained and novel antipsychotic agents developed that have these effects in a manner that is not harmful and controlled and is a promising arena of research for schizophrenia.
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See also
Nicotiana
Nicotiana rustica
Mapacho
Nicotiana tabacum
Tobacco
Tobacco products
Nicotinic acid (Niacin)
Drug addiction
Tobacco cessation
Chantix
Zyban
Nicogel
Nicotini
NicVAX
Nicotine gum
Nicotine patch
Nicotine inhaler
Nicotine nasal spray
Snus
Electronic Cigarette
Psychoactive drug
Drug Discovery and Development: Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists
Nicotinic receptor
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Further reading
Bilkei-Gorzo A, Rácz I, Michel K, Darvas M, Rafael Maldonado López, Zimmer A. (2008). "A common genetic predisposition to stress sensitivity and stress-induced nicotine craving". Biol. Psychiatry 63 (2): 164–71. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.02.010. PMID 17570348.
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Minna JD (Jan 2003). "Nicotine exposure and bronchial epithelial cell nicotinic acetylcholine receptor expression in the pathogenesis of lung cancer". J Clin Invest. 111 (1): 31–3. doi:10.1172/JCI17492. PMID 12511585.
Fallon JH, Keator DB, Mbogori J, Taylor D, Potkin SG (Mar 2005). "Gender: a major determinant of brain response to nicotine". Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 8 (1): 17–26. doi:10.1017/S1461145704004730. PMID 15579215.
West KA, Brognard J, Clark AS, et al. (Jan 2003). "Rapid Akt activation by nicotine and a tobacco carcinogen modulates the phenotype of normal human airway epithelial cells". J Clin Invest. 111 (1): 81–90. doi:10.1172/JCI16147. PMID 12511591.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Erowid information on tobacco

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 08:15 PM
Will post a few like this .....as I have time.....

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Radioactive_Lead_and_Polonium-210_in_tobacco_smoke



What is your point? Are you attempting to pretend that merely because polonium 210 may be present, that proves it causes lung cancer? What about the fact that there are an estimated 10,000 carcinogens in ordinary food, including polonium 210? But the bottom line is that it does not entitle you to ignore the fact that there is a known huiman carcinogen called human papillomavirus present in at least a quarter of non-small cell lung cancers. What you're doing is called a smokescreen.

And are you expecting everyone to be indignant merely because someone suggested disputing the anti-smoker claims? That's the nature of a religious inquisition, and it has no place in science.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 08:25 PM
All,

This is a classic iteration -- laughable if it weren't so tragic -- of all that I referenced in the above-quoted section.

I'm convinced. "Thompson" is "Colby." Even the "cite examples" language is lifted verbatim from dozens upon dozens of "Colby" posts.

"Cite examples," to reiterate, is in service to the need to engage, engage, engage. All the enemy wants is to prolong the long-settled arguments. Such is the brief of "Colby" and "Thompson."

It is clear to me that one or more of the individuals posting as "Colby" is/are at it here. Let's let it go a bit longer so as to draw them out. Then let's enjoy their "The DPF doesn't allow dissent" posts on the Ef.

I guess that if you have all the material resources in the world, you can afford to employ idiots.

"Thompson," you are exposed.

Charles

This argument is not "long-settled," because in science, unlike ideological dogmas, arguments are opened by new evidence. You clearly believe that censorship, stonewalling, and evasion are legitimate scientific arguments, which they are not.

And to pretend that merely saying "cite examples" is proof that I'm someone I never heard of called Colby is clinical paranoia. There are more than 385,000 Google hits on the phrase "cite examples." And you think they're all "Colby," and they're all out to get you!

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 08:30 PM
Everyone knows the Surgeon General’s warning about cigarette smoking but what about cigarette eating? Nicotine poisoning is a very real concern anywhere that a pet may find cigarettes, cigarette butts, chewing tobacco, or even nicotine gum or patches. Dogs, particularly puppies, tend to chew things up first and ask questions later. Cats may find a cigarette butt to be a nicely sized pouncing toy worthy of chewing.

[One thing they failed to mention and I will, is that cigarette butts on the sidewalks and streets, especially in rain/snow will cause Nicotine to be absorbed into the pads on the bottom of dogs paws]

Luckily for pets and small children, tobacco tastes terrible. Even chewing tobacco must have flavorings added to make it something worthy of oral enjoyment. Still, cigarettes have plenty of nicotine and even a small cigarette butt can mean serious illness or even death for a small pet.

The toxic dose for nicotine in pets is 1/2 -1mg per pound of pet body weight while the lethal dose is 4mg per pound of pet body weight. A cigarette contains 9-30 mg of nicotine depending on the type of cigarette; while a cigarette butt contains about 25% of the nicotine of the original cigarette despite its deceptively small amount of tobacco. (Smoking seems to concentrate some of the nicotine in the tail end of the cigarette.) Cigars can contain up to 40 mg. Chewing tobacco carries 6-8 mg per gram while the gum is 2-4 mg per piece and patches 8.3-114 mg. Smoking a cigarette yields only 0.5-2 mg of nicotine but eating one is a different ballgame as all of the nicotine becomes available for absorption into the body. One way to rephrase this is that a 40lb dog would get very sick after eating one cigarette but would need 11 cigarettes to actually die from nicotine poisoning.

Some good news is that nicotine is not absorbed directly in the acid environment of the stomach; the nicotine must move past the stomach into the small intestine for absorption. One of the first things nicotine does in the body is stimulate the vomit center of the brain, thus inducing vomiting which may save the patient’s life if there is more cigarette material in the stomach.

SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE POISONING

Signs begin as quickly as one hour post-ingestion. Symptoms include:
Tremors

Constricted pupils

Drooling

Auditory and Visual Hallucinations

Excitement

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Twitching possibly progressing to Seizures

Racing heart rate but slow heart rate with small doses

High blood pressure but at higher doses there is a circulatory collapse

It is easy to confuse nicotine poisoning with other poisonings such as strychnine, chocolate, organophosphate insecticide, and certain molds. Hopefully, there will be cigarette materials in the vomit to give away the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

Washing out the stomach to get rid of any remaining cigarette materials is helpful but is likely to require sedation. Since most patients are agitated, this is often a good thing anyway. Seizures are treated with seizure suppressing
drugs. It is tempting to use antacids to protect the stomach but as it is the stomach acid that is inhibiting the nicotine absorption, it is best to avoid this therapy. If the pet survives the first 4 hours, prognosis is felt to be good. Nicotine is inactivated by a healthy liver and its metabolites are excreted in urine. After 16 hours, the nicotine ingested should be gone.

And how does this refute the charge that the anti-smokers deliberately use defective studies based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, to falsely blame smoking and passive smoking for lung cancers that are really caused by human papillomaviruses?

This is nothing but an attempt to change the subject.

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 08:39 PM
Using Smokeless Tobacco is gambling with your health!

http://www.quittobacco.com/facts/effects.htm

Guess what! HPV causes oral cancer, too!

http://www.smokershistory.com/hpvoral.htm

Incidence trends for human papillomavirus-related and -unrelated oral squamous cell carcinomas in the United States. AK Chaturvedi, EA Engels, WF Anderson, ML Gillison. J Clin Oncol 2008 Feb 1;26(4):612-619. 17,625 potentially HPV-related and 28,144 HPV-unrelated diagnoses from nine Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program registries (1973 to 2004). "HPV-related OSCCs were diagnosed at younger ages than HPV-unrelated OSCCs (mean ages at diagnosis, 61.0 and 63.8 years, respectively; P < .001). Incidence increased significantly for HPV-related OSCC from 1973 to 2004 (annual percentage change [APC] = 0.80; P < .001), particularly among white men and at younger ages. By contrast, incidence for HPV-unrelated OSCC was stable through 1982 (APC = 0.82; P = .186) and declined significantly during 1983 to 2004 (APC = -1.85; P < .001)." [caveat - they do not explain in the abstract how they determined whether tumors were HPV-related or not]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18235120

Peter Lemkin
12-26-2010, 08:43 PM
Sidestream smoke
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sidestream smoke is smoke which goes into the air directly from a burning cigarette, cigar or smoking pipe.[1] Sidestream smoke is the main component of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), also known as passive smoking [2] The chemical constituents of sidestream smoke are different from those of directly inhaled ("mainstream") smoke. Evidence has shown that sidestream smoke may be more harmful than mainstream smoke.[3] Sidestream smoking has been classified as a Class A carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sidestream smoke in enclosed box by Clnord.Contents [hide]
1 Contents of sidestream smoke
2 Risks
3 Social effects
4 In Children
5 In Vitro
6 Toxicological Experiments
7 References
8 External links

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Contents of sidestream smoke

Sidestream smoke is made up of many components. Some of the constituents of which are carbon monoxide, tar, nicotine, ammonia, benzene, cadmium and 4-aminobiphenyl. [4] [5] [6] Some of the other compounds found in sidestream smoke are: vinylchloride, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, acrolein, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, catechol, cresol, hydroquinone, lead, methyl ethyl ketone, nitric oxide, phenol, styrene, toluene, and butane. Exposure to sidestream smoke yields higher concentrations of these compounds as well as increased concentrations of carboxyhemoglobin, nicotine, and cotinine in the blood. When comparing sidestream and mainstream condensate, side stream has 2-6 times more condensate per gram than mainstream smoke.[7] [8] [9]Combustion of these carcinogens in less complete and not diluted like it would be if it were inhaled directly.
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Risks

Although a person may not be smoking the cigarette, the risks from inhaling sidestream smoke are still pertinent. There are over 250 toxins and carcinogens in cigarette smoke. The risks of getting lung cancer, brain tumors, acute myeloid leukemia, incidence of heart disease, and benign respiratory diseases increase by inhaling the sidestream smoke.[10] The chance of getting breast cancer and cervical cancer also increases with inhaling sidestream smoke. The relative risk of cardiovascular disease is 1.2-1.3 with exposure to sideastream smoke due the cyanide present in the smoke. There is also evidence that sidestream smoke causes negative effects both behaviorally and cognitively in children. One study on cotinine levels in children found that higher levels of cotinine in children were correlated with a decreased ability to perform in reading and math. [11][12]

Such factors as age, gender and different occupations put a person at risk for bladder cancer. Apart from these factors, smoking is the only other known risk cancer for bladder cancer. 4-aminobiphenyl (4-ABP) is an integral component in tobacco smoke, as well as a risk factor for bladder cancer. Sidestream smoke puts individuals at an increased risk of bladder cancer because the 4-ABP concentrations are over ten times that of mainstream smoke.[13] [14]
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Social effects

A non-smoker who is inhaling sidestream or secondhand smoke has a 30% greater risk of getting lung cancer at some point in their lives.[15] Exposure to second hand or sidestream smoker has been associated with people who have not smoked before. The Surgeon General reported there was no safe level of smoke exposure at all.[16]

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates sidestream smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 62,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers every year in the United States.[17]
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In Children

Following birth, a child’s exposure to contaminants in the air can have detrimental health effects including a heightened risk for respiratory track infections, an increase in the likelihood of childhood asthma, as well as behavioral problems and reduction in neurocognitive abilities. Exposure to mainstream and sidestream smoke in children poses an increased risk of coughing, wheezing, and mucus production. Studies on rats have shown that those who were exposed to sidestream smoke while in utero and following the period directly after, had differences in airway sensitivity in comparison to those that had been exposed to sidestream smoke only while in utero or only following the period after. This led experimenters to conclude that early childhood exposure to sidestream smoke. [18] [19] [20]
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In Vitro

A reduction in glutathione levels was observed following exposure to sidestream smoke in vitro. Glutathione is an antioxidant that resides in the lung after development. Following as little as a 20 minute exposure to sidestream smoke can lead to an increase in contaminant particles within human small airway epithelial cells (SAEC). Cells exposed to sidestream smoke experienced oxidative stress, which further allowed for DNA damage as well as cell transformation and an uncontrolled cell proliferation. Cancer could be the outcome for DNA mutations, while tumors could the outcome for the cell transformation and uncontrolled cell division which would be a result of direct exposure to sidestream smoke. [21] [22]
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Toxicological Experiments

During the 1980’s the Philip Morris Tobacco Company did research on sidestream smoke at Institut für Biologische Forschung that was never published. The study found sidestream smoke is nearly four times more toxic than mainstream smoke per gram. They also found that sidestream condensate was nearly three times more toxic than mainstream smoke as well as 2-6 times more tumourigenic per gram than mainstream condensate when applied to the skin of a mouse. Results also showed that sidestream smoke hinders an animals weight gain to reach a point that is considered normal. The research team concluded that the only way to protect ourselves from sidestream smoke is to be in smoke free public places and workspaces. [23]
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References
^ [gage.he.net/~cheforg/uploads/.../grat_updates_6-9_sidestream.pdf,"Sidestream Smoke."
^ . “Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace.” National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1991. Web. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/91108_54.html#Reports
^ Schick, S; Glantz S (Dec 2005). "Philip Morris toxicological experiments with fresh sidestream smoke: more toxic than mainstream smoke". Tobacco Control 14 (6): 396–404. doi:10.1136/tc.2005.011288. PMID 16319363.
^ C Schlaggar-Lessov and G Swan (2007). “The effects of tobacco smoke and nicotine on cognition and the brain.” Neuropsychology Review. Volume 17, 2007, pg. 1-3.
^ J Bernet, J Pirkle, Y Xia, R Jain, D Ashley, and E Sampson (2010). “Urine concentrations of a tobacco-specific nitrosamine carcinogen in the U.S. population from secondhand smoke exposure.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Vers. 7.3b, pg. 4-5.
^ “Environmental tobacco smoke.” Children’s Environmental Health Centers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa/childrenscenters/smoke.html.
^ C Schlaggar-Lessov and G Swan (2007). “The effects of tobacco smoke and nicotine on cognition and the brain.” Neuropsychology Review. Volume 17, 2007, pg. 3.
^ J Bernet, J Pirkle, Y Xia, R Jain, D Ashley, and E Sampson (2010). “Urine concentrations of a tobacco-specific nitrosamine carcinogen in the U.S. population from secondhand smoke exposure.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Vers. 7.3b, pg. 4-5.
^ “Environmental tobacco smoke.” Children’s Environmental Health Centers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa/childrenscenters/smoke.html.
^ [Johnston, Lorraine (2001). Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options O'Reilly, Sebastopol, CA. ISBN 0596500025
^ C Schlaggar-Lessov and G Swan (2007). “The effects of tobacco smoke and nicotine on cognition and the brain.” Neuropsychology Review. Volume 17, 2007, pg. 2-9
^ “Background and environmental exposures to cyanide in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Page 2-8. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp8-c2.pdf
^ M Hemelrijk, D Michaud, G Connolly, and Z Kabir. “Secondhand smoking, 4-aminobiphenyl, and bladder cancer: two meta-analyses.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2009. Pg. 1-8.
^ “Health consequences of tobacco use among women.” Women and Smoking. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pg. 1-8.
^ American Cancer Society (2007). Lung Cancer: What You Need to Know--Now American Cancer Society/Health Promotions, Atlanta, Georgia. ISBN 0944235697
^ [Robb-Nicholson, Celeste (2006). "By the way, Doctor". Harvard Women's Health Watch. Vol 14, Iss 2.
^ [Smith, Jimmie (2004). Environmental Tobacco Smoke: An Analysis of State and Local Policies To Reduce Exposure
^ Pinkerton Kent and Wang Lei (2007). “Air pollutant effects on fetal and early postnatal development.” Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews 2007, Volume 81, pg. 3-8.
^ “Health consequences of tobacco use among women.” Women and Smoking. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pg 74-75.
^ L Mbulo (2008). “Changes in exposure to secondhand smoke among youth in Nebraska, 2002-2006. Preventing Chronic Diseases: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, Volume 5. Pg. 2-5.
^ S Faux, T Tai, D Thorne, Y Xu, D Breheny, and M Gaca. “The role of oxidative stress in in the biological responses of lung epithelial cells to cigarette smoke.” Biomarkers, 2009; 14(SI): 90-96. Pg. 1-6.
^ “Background and environmental exposures to cyanide in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Page 4. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp8-c2.pdf
^ Schick, S., and S. Glantz 2005. "Philip Morris toxicological Experiments with fresh sidestream smoke: more toxic than mainstream smoke." National Center for Biotechnology Information. Vol 14 pg. 1-9. Web. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.silk.library.umass.edu:2048/pmc/articles/PMC1748121/pdf/v014p00396.pdf>.
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External links
Toxicological experiments with fresh sidestream smoke
Environmental Protection Agency website

Carol Thompson
12-26-2010, 09:37 PM
Sidestream smoke
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

External links
Toxicological experiments with fresh sidestream smoke
Environmental Protection Agency website

The EPA report is worthless because its hysterical claims are based on lifestyle questionnaire studies that ignored the role of HPV infection. Even then, there had been at least half a dozen studies implicating HPV as a cause of lung cancer. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus for socioeconomic reasons. Since then, there have been more than 50 studies of HPV and lung cancer. So the EPA report is completely obsolete.

Furthermore, the EPA's own scientists were against call ETS a human carcinogen. But they didn't write the report! It was written by handpicked anti-smoker cronies of Jonathan M. Samet (who was on the EPA board, as well as being a major author in every Surgeon General report since the 1980s, including the latest one). They used illegal pass-through contracts, which went through a subcontractor, to conceal their role. And on the board of directors of the crooked EPA contracting firm, ICF Inc., sat a major crony of President George H.W. Bush, Fred Malek, campaign manager of the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992 and a partner in the Texas Rangers. A prominent Democrat was on the board of ICF as well.

http://www.smokershistory.com/etslies.htm

Charles Drago
12-26-2010, 09:51 PM
C'mon over to the L and M side.*

"L" for liars.

"M" for manipulators.

And no, I'm not calling anyone posting on this forum a liar or a manipulator.

I'm just taking a stroll down memory lane ...

C'mon over to the L and M side ...

In the world we study, that's known as an invitation to defect.
_________________________________

*From an old American TV cigarette commercial jingle.

Peter Lemkin
12-27-2010, 12:24 PM
Carol Thompson apparently was/is her real name, best I can tell...or she uses it consistantly on the internet. She is a member of a pro-tobacco lobby group called Force http://www.forces.org/evidence/carol/carol2.htm

It seems she is the founder or main person on the smokers history website http://www.forces.org/evidence/carol/carol2.htm

She can also be seen behaving much as here on this website http://www.forces.org/evidence/carol/carol2.htm and here http://www.forces.org/evidence/carol/carol2.htm

Lastly, she posted an article 'In Defense of Smokers by a Lauren Colby' here http://www.uth.tmc.edu/ama_tma/20050927_handout3.pdf Is Lauren related to Len's father in some way?!!!!

I had no hand in the decision to ban her, and had she not acted in such a provocative and combattive manner, maybe she'd not have been.

She certainly is a person with a one issue quest!.....Carol, I feel sorry for you....but you were making provocative, illogical, angry attacks and defending the indefensible. I suggest you enjoy your Cuban cigars, chewing tobacco or nicotine patches and stick to your own website. That kind of behaviour you were engaging in here was obviously not appreciated by those in power [I'm not]. We had much material on another Colby who worked as a chemist for Big Tobacco and was on a committe to 'sell the Big Lie' that it was not harmful. His son is a member on the EF and Charles thought [as did I] that you were he.....but I'll think you might know each other via this Lauren Colby connection......:phone: The possibility [as yet unproven] exists, however, that Len Colby of Brazil uses your 'name' as a psydonym to defent the work efforts of his father. Time will tell. Sure are a lot of Colby's who are involved in things related to Big Tobacco.....and Big LIes [IMHO - Consitutionally protected, if that old piece of paper is still in effect]

Dawn Meredith
12-27-2010, 06:37 PM
She probably sells tobocco products. I have a cousin in Nova Scotia who sells tobacco products and he says all this same bs.

I too find the timing of this person very suspect.

If it is not "Colby" it is someone of the same mindset.

Why would this entity even want to post on this forum? Pro tobacco talk hardly fits
into any definition of "deep political" thought. In fact it is really advertisement; commercial speech.

Stating that smoking tobacco is not unhealthy is akin to saying that
drinking poison is beneficial. They called cigs "coffin nails" when I was a kid.

There is a good reason for that.

Say goodnight Gracie.

Dawn

Keith Millea
12-27-2010, 06:46 PM
From post 22:
As for Colby, he's a perfect example of a strawman who works for the anti-smokers. All he does is snivel that he doesn't believe, while his fanatical inquisitors froth at the mouth with rage at a mere refusal to submit unquestioningly to their religious dogma. At no time do Colby or any of his ilk attack anti-smoker scientific fraud. Their only purpose is to serve as theater, to deceive the public that the pro-smoker side has no strong arguments to present.


And then this:
And to pretend that merely saying "cite examples" is proof that I'm someone I never heard of called Colby is clinical paranoia.

The lady lies............

Peter Lemkin
12-27-2010, 07:14 PM
She probably sells tobocco products. I have a cousin in Nova Scotia who sells tobacco products and he says all this same bs.

I too find the timing of this person very suspect.

If it is not "Colby" it is someone of the same mindset.

Why would this entity even want to post on this forum? Pro tobacco talk hardly fits
into any definition of "deep political" thought. In fact it is really advertisement; commercial speech.

Stating that smoking tobacco is not unhealthy is akin to saying that
drinking poison is beneficial. They called cigs "coffin nails" when I was a kid.

There is a good reason for that.

Say goodnight Gracie.

Dawn

If Rasputin was on the internet today, he might well have posted that the drinking daily of Strychnine is not dangerous. [For those of you not up on Mr. Rasputin, he took increasingly large doses of this rat poison daily in his tea, in order to build up a tolerance in fear that his enemies in the Kremlin would use it to poison him....:joystick:

Dawn, I agree the timing stretches credulity of coincidence into the realm of conspiracy [sssshhhh!] the word that dare not raise its ugly name and implications.......!

Magda Hassan
12-27-2010, 11:36 PM
There seems to be a wide trail on the internet forums where she has been to push her spurious tobacco/smokers rights and her subsequent ejection from those various forums. Curiously, there is a company on the net called Carol Thompson Cosmetics of Madison, Wisconsin who advises not to smoke in order to age gracefully. So there are limits to smoking it seems. I wonder if that is the same Carol Thompson of Madison, Wisconsin that we had here for a bit? I suppose the story varies depending on what product is being sold.

I don't know why smokers find it so hard to come to terms with the fact that it is their choice for them to smoke but they can't subject others to their smoking. They are depriving others of their rights to fresh air and forcing something unwanted on them. This is not the same if one uses heroin or any other drug of choice where it is a purely personal effect.

The DPF is not a venue to indulge in monomania about smoker's rights.

Peter Lemkin
07-25-2012, 09:15 AM
A study undertaken by the British University of Bath and released last month claims to demonstrate that tobacco giants Philip Morris and British American Tobacco are successfully influencing Czech policy makers. The study suggests that lobbying efforts targeted at top officials have resulted in tax structures that favour their brands. The study, which was led by the University of Bath's Risako Shirane and Professor Anna Gilmore, notes that the Czech Republic is also the only European Union Member State to not yet have approved a World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, adding "tobacco control has remained extremely weak in the Czech Republic, with the country's policies recently being ranked the fourth least effective in Europe." Meanwhile, analysing the report, news site IHned.cz pointed to a recent decision by Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek to raise duties on cheap cigarettes by five crowns, while the more expensive cigarettes produced by tobacco giants such as Philip Morris, were only increased in price by two crowns. Responding to the accusations, Philip Morris said that governments were entirely free to choose how they legislate.

Jan Klimkowski
06-02-2013, 01:26 PM
Big Tobacco Lives....

Sadly.

And hasn't changed its, ahem, spots...


Health groups dismayed by news 'big tobacco' funded rightwing thinktanks

The Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs received money from cigarette firms, it has been revealed


Jamie Doward
The Observer (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/01/thinktanks-big-tobacco-funds-smoking), Saturday 1 June 2013 22.36 BST
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‘Big tobacco’ funded rightwing thinktanks
Ukip has positioned itself firmly on the side of smokers. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Two of Britain's leading free-market thinktanks have been criticised for taking money from "big tobacco". The Adam Smith Institute (ASI) and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) have received tens of thousands of pounds in funding from leading tobacco companies.

Their admissions have dismayed health groups, which question the degree to which both organisations have influenced government thinking, especially on plain packaging for cigarettes. It also highlights the entrenched links between "big tobacco" and the libertarian strand of British politics that has been strengthened by the recent rise of Ukip, a party that has positioned itself firmly on the side of smokers.

Both thinktanks have criticised plans to force retailers to sell cigarettes in unbranded cartons, an initiative that cancer charities claim will curb smoking among the young, but which was recently abandoned by the government. They have also criticised anti-tobacco measures such as the ban on smoking in pubs, arguing that they represent an attack on civil liberties.

However, news that they have been receiving tobacco money has raised questions about whether World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines governing transparency on tobacco funding are being breached. British American Tobacco, the company behind brands such as Lucky Strike and Dunhill, has confirmed that in 2011 it gave the IEA £10,000, plus £1,000 in event sponsorship. Last year it donated a further £20,000 to the institute.

The ASI confirmed that 3% of its funding came from tobacco firms, although it declined to reveal how much. It said that it had a policy of capping private donations, although a spokesman declined to reveal the level of the cap.

However, company accounts reveal that Adam Smith Services Ltd had an income of just under £750,000 in 2011, the latest year available, which suggests that it received around £24,000 from "big tobacco".

"At the current time, with a centre-right government, thinktanks which represent the libertarian right wing like the IEA and ASI are crucial players in the development of public policy," said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of smoking-related health charity Ash.

"The government needs to take note that tobacco industry funding of such organisations completely undermines the credibility of their opposition to standard packaging," she added. "For the government to allow its policies to be influenced by tobacco-funded think-tanks would be a breach of its legal obligations under the WHO tobacco treaty."

A spokesman for Marlboro manufacturer Philip Morris International said: "We confirm that we are a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, but cannot provide you with any further details."

Both JTI, which makes Camel, and Imperial, whose brands include Embassy, staunchly defended their donations to the thinktanks. "We believe the contributions of organisations like the ASI and the IEA are very valuable in an open and free society. We respect their work and share their views on many issues," said a spokesman for Imperial.

In a statement JTI said: "We work with the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute as their economic and behavioural expertise help us better understand which tobacco regulation measures will work and which will not."

For years critics of the tobacco industry have questioned whether the two thinktanks receive funding from cigarette companies. Tobacco Tactics, part of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, notes that both thinktanks took part in a series of debates organised by the pro-tobacco pressure group Forest in June 2011. It also reported that in March 2011 Eamonn Butler, the ASI's director, was one of a number of signatories to a letter to the Daily Telegraph attacking the government's position on tobacco control.

The ASI was part of a coalition that sought to overturn the smoking ban in pubs and published a report written by a pro-smoking blogger attacking the introduction of plain packaging with "no solid evidence of its efficacy or unintended consequences".

The IEA's director, Mark Littlewood, has called the plan to introduce plain packaging, the "latest ludicrous move in the unending, ceaseless, bullying war against those who choose to produce and consume tobacco".

Defence of the tobacco industry by Littlewood, who is an independent business adviser to the government, prompted questions to be asked of the coalition.

The business secretary, Vince Cable, was forced to rebut claims that Littlewood was open to a charge of a conflict of interest, saying he had no role in tobacco-related matters.

The IEA, which did not respond to requests for comment, has never confirmed whether it receives tobacco money. "If the IEA really believes its policies are completely independent from its funding, it should have the courage of its convictions and be honest about where it gets its money from," Arnott said.