Tobacco Docs

Are you aware that studies conducted by Philip Morris in 1982 in Cologne, Germany concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke causes more problems in upper airway passages and lungs than inhaled smoke? (Ref. 1)

Are you aware that R.J. Reynolds tobacco and The Tobacco Institute lobbied for years to keep information about tobacco use from being included on death certificates? (Ref. 2)

Are you aware that a study conducted in 1982 by R.J. Reynolds found that a majority of all adults wanted smoking restrictions in public places and 79% of smokers wanted restrictions on smoking in restaurants? (Ref. 3)

Are you aware that in the early 1990’s Philip Morris planned to pass preemptive state level legislation in all 50 states that would effectively bar local governments from passing stronger smoking restrictions in their own cities? (Ref. 4)

Are you aware that since the 1980’s Philip Morris has been involved in a scheme to deceive government officials, restaurant and bar owners and the hospitality industry about the dangers of secondhand smoke in enclosed spaces? (Ref. 5)

Are you aware that Philip Morris has funded organizations that pretend to represent the heating and air-conditioning industry, but actually push the sale of ventilation systems that do not remove the toxic elements of secondhand smoke? They lobby the hospitality industry and governments to accept smoking and nonsmoking sections as a compromise to total bans, knowing that the ventilation systems do not work! (Ref. 6)

Are you aware that Philip Morris through its front organization, The Chelsea Group, lobbied successfully to stop the implementation of workplace smoking standards that would reflect the EPA finding that secondhand smoke is a Class A carcinogen and no level of human exposure is acceptable? (Ref. 7)

Are you aware that in the 1980's the Tobacco Institute plotted strategies to use economists and business people to shift debates about tobacco legislation away from health issues and toward public policy and economics? They were aware they couldn't win the health debate because their own research showed that tobacco kills. (Ref. 8)

Many thanks to The American Lung Association of Colorado and Tobacco Documents Online for making much of this information available.

list of references
Ref. 1 Company: Philip Morris
Document Date: 29 Jul 1982
Length: 26 pages
Bates No. 2029190329-2029190354
PDF version on Philip Morris site:
Ref. 2 Company: R.J. Reynolds
Document Date: 1991
Length: 81 pages
Page 70 (Bates page 507591859)
Bates No. RJR 507591790/1870
Ref. 3 Company: R.J. Reynolds
Document Date: 1982
Length: 132 pages
Bates No.: (Bliley RJR) 505745699-505745830
PDF Format (on TDO):
Ref. 4 Company: Philip Morris
Document Date: 19890315/P
Length: 48 pages
Bates No. 2040236324A-204026324AV
URL on Philip Morris site (PDF available):
Ref. 5 (Glantz, S., et al., "The Tobacco Papers," Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996, pp. 413-416) (
Ref. 6
Ref. 7
Ref. 8 Company/Source: Tobacco Institute
Document Date: 31 Jan 1985
Length: 1 page
Bates No. TIMN0137228
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