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Play It Again is a section of the journal where we re-publish quotes, gaffes, and immortal lines from friends and foes of tobacco control. It is compiled by Gene Borio, the webmaster of Tobacco BBS, which is the premier tobacco news-gathering site on the internet. Send contributions (including an original version or photocopy of the sourced item) to him at Tobacco BBS, PO Box 359, Village Station, New York 10014-0359; fax +1 212 260 6825. Send quotes from online stories (including the full article) or scanned documents (in GIF or JPEG) format, togborio{at}mindspring.com.

The tobacco control community doesn’t have addictive drugs to sell, so can’t hire US$300 000-a-year spin doctors to work our way through generation-upon-generation of focus groups, to develop just the right way to frame our arguments, to find the most apt sound bite to appeal to each particular personality, to delicately yet succinctly phrase our viewpoint in the precise way that will have the greatest impact. So we must depend on our own resources, we must share and build upon each others’ insights. In that spirit, then, a new section of “Play it again”: “Nicely put”—GB

Nicely put

NICOTINE

“[Cigarettes are] the dirtiest possible nicotine delivery system.  . . . [Regulation of nicotine products is] not only an unlevel playing field, but we’re doing it exactly bass-ackwards.”

Kenneth Warner, professor of public health at the University of Michigan. Source: Levin M. The ‘Good Nicotine, Bad Nicotine’ debate. “Los Angeles Times” 1999 Feb 11.

HEALTH RESEARCH

“We’re scientists, not litigators.”

George Lucier, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences environmental toxicology programme. A subcommittee of the national toxicology programme’s board of scientific counsellors voted unanimously (13–0) that secondhand smoke should be labelled a carcinogen. Source: Panel says secondhand smoke, alcohol should be considered carcinogens. “Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal” 1998 Dec 3.

INDUSTRY ANTI-YOUTH SMOKING EFFORTS

“The message [of RJR’s “Right Decisions, Right Now”] is carefully crafted to entice youth to smoke, as a forbidden fruit.  . . . They say it’s accepted in adults, but you’re not an adult. That makes kids want to smoke all the more. [O]ur message is always, ‘Don’t smoke ever.’ We don’t think you should give the message, ‘Don’t smoke now.’”

Salina (Kansas) health officials Del Meier and Janet Hanson, respectively, reacting to RJR and Philip Morris’ youth smoking efforts. Source: So M. Tobacco Prevention efforts nothing but smoke, officials worry. “Salina (Kansas) Journal” 1999 Mar 8.

ACCOUNTABILITY

“The problem has been that Philip Morris and other cigarette companies have never accepted an ounce of responsibility.  . . . They deny everything. They essentially say to their very best customers that you get what’s coming to you for believing us.”

William A Gaylord, a lawyer for the Williams family. Source: Meier B. Jury awards $81 million to Oregon smoker’s family. “New York Times” 1999 Mar 31.

“[M]ost people still don’t understand the full extent of the threat tobacco poses.  . . . Tobacco is not just another health risk. Tobacco is the 800-pound gorilla of health risks.  . . . The tobacco industry’s misinformation caused our parents and grandparents to focus their advice on things other than tobacco.  . . . They could only act on available information, and the tobacco industry was hiding lifesaving information.”

Dr Robert Jeddeloh. Source: Allina Health Systems. Survey: Minnesotans vastly underestimate tobacco threat; top killer subject of fewest warnings from parents. “PR Newswire” 1999 Mar 16.

The industry in the United States, under intense pressure, has disavowed trying to get young people to smoke. Joe Camel may be gone, but the industry still refuses to relinquish its dialogue with the young: it is attempting to inject itself into the forefront of the anti-youth smoking drive. One side benefit of its $75 million anti-youth smoking advertising campaign (which concentrates solely on peer pressure)—Philip Morris advertisements are back on American television.

“We have research that tells us the message not to smoke is being effectively communicated [by Philip Morris’ ads].”

Ellen Merlo, senior vice president for Philip Morris USA. Source: Fairclough G. Philip Morris’s antismoking campaign draws fire from a 17-state coalition. “The Wall Street Journal” interactive edition 1999 Apr 7.

Philip Morris has also created a furore with a $4.3 million grant to the venerable National 4-H Council to develop a new programme to discourage smoking among 9–13 year olds. (4-H is a youth agricultural programme in the United States.)

“We, at Philip Morris USA, acknowledge and embrace our role as a responsible, involved citizen and community leader. In that leadership role, we believe working to help reduce youth smoking is the right thing to do. In addition, we believe that it is in the best interests of our employees, consumers and shareholders. As long as we are in the business of manufacturing and marketing cigarettes to adult smokers, we will be committed to youth smoking prevention.

I cannot emphasize enough our commitment to reducing youth smoking. However, I think it is important for you to know that we are equally committed to protecting our right to responsibly market our products to adults who choose to smoke. At Philip Morris, these two beliefs go hand in hand.”

Michael E Szymanczyk, president and chief executive officer of Philip Morris USA, in a letter dated 12 February 1999 to Richard J Sauer, president and chief executive officer of the National 4-H Council. Source: National 4-H Council web site. < http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/market/previndex . htm>

“Fire-walls.”

Philip Morris has built these aptly named separators to keep its anti-teen smoking campaign away from the rest of the company. Yet the head of the campaign is veteran PM researcher Carolyn J Levy, and the campaign certainly fits snugly with what the “rest of the company” has been saying for years. Source: Torry S. Philip Morris’s smoke signals are questioned. “The Washington Post” 1999 Mar 29:A3.

Q: “How can you be sure that Philip Morris USA will not try to influence young people to start smoking through targeted advertising?

A: Philip Morris USA has worked to eliminate retail access by youth to tobacco products. Recently their efforts have expanded to reducing youth smoking through community action, communication, and formal education. As part of their comprehensive, long term strategy to reduce youth smoking, they plan to work with school systems to introduce youth smoking prevention educational programs. In December, 1998, Philip Morris USA introduced a national advertising campaign to change youth opinions about smoking. If at any point we feel there is a divergence of values, we will end the relationship.”

Source: FAQs—youth smoking prevention questions & answers. National 4-H Council web site. < http://www.fourhcouncil.edu.market/QandA.htm >

“We continue to see old references, often from 20 or more years ago, about what Philip Morris or another tobacco company did or did not do. None of us today can do anything about the past. I believe that Philip Morris USA, which is under new corporate leadership, has recognized its responsibility to prevent underage smoking and has made a commitment to fulfill that responsibility by funding this program for two years.”

Richard J Sauer, president and chief executive officer of National 4-H Council, in a letter dated 23 March 1999 to Bill Novelli. Source: National 4-H Council web site. < http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/market/novelli.htm >

“National 4-H Council has complete independence and autonomy in designing, implementing, and evaluating the youth smoking prevention program. We do not accept funding with strings attached.”

Richard J Sauer, president and chief executive officer of National 4-H Council. Source: 4-H Council. Nat. 4-H draws communities together to stop youth smoking. US Newswire 1999 Mar 25.

“[Philip Morris would] be but one person at the table.  . . . We have a lot to learn about this, but we feel we can play a very important role.”

Philip Morris spokeswoman Mary Carnovale. Source: Wollenberg S. Philip Morris funding 4-H program. Associated Press 1999 Jan 29.

“[S]tressful.”

Rosie Slotnick, an 18-year-old healthcare worker, on working with the industry. Teenagers found four tobacco executives at the 4-H’s programme design conference in February 1999. Source: Torry S. Philip Morris’s smoke signals are questioned. “Washington Post” 1999 Mar 29:A03.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

“[A] large tent with Marlboro horses to ride on for children, and young, nicely dressed cowboy girls offered single cigarettes free of charge to young boys.”

Vietnam Ministry of Health report describing Philip Morris activities at the 1998 Hanoi Tet festival. Source: Dreyfuss R. Big Tobacco rides east. “Mother Jones Magazine” 1999 Jan/Feb.

“Yes, I think smoking is very bad . . . it’s only for grownups!”

Unidentified Egyptian high school student. Source: Political fog surrounds smoking in Egypt. Inter Press Service via NewsEdge 1999 Mar 2.

“I buy my cigarettes every morning on the way to school.”

Philadelphia resident Maria, 16. Source: Hinkelman M. They’re blowin’ off the federal law. “Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Daily News” 1999 Mar 1.

“Our main battlefield on children and tobacco is in that strange, exhilarating and often confusing landscape called adolescence. We must enter the discotheques, the schools and the sports arenas. In many countries, cigarettes are given out for free on the dance floors. We have to win these spaces back.”

WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, opening the international policy conference on children and tobacco. Source: Tobacco control is global challenge, WHO director says. “EurekAlert” 1999 Mar 18.

“If they want to get kids to stop smoking, why haven’t they invited anyone from the industry?”

Scott Williams, a spokesman for the tobacco industry, on the international policy conference on children and tobacco. Source: Scherer R. Taking tobacco out of mouth of babes. “Christian Science Monitor” 1999 Mar 17.

The industry has recently jumped with both feet into the “good corporate citizen” role. Considering how little they have traditionally given to charitable causes, compared with their advertising and cash flow—$15 000 to a dance group here, co-sponsorship of an AIDS walk there—and considering how easily potential allies may be won over, it seems incredibly cheap of them not to have been pouring out this kind of hefty charity largesse long before this.

“No problem is more basic, more fundamental to human dignity than hunger.  . . . As one of America’s largest companies, we have a responsibility to help those in need. It’s a responsibility we welcome. At Philip Morris, we want to do our part in helping to solve the tough issues that face us all.”

Steven C Parrish, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Philip Morris Companies, Inc. Source: Philip Morris. Philip Morris Companies Inc. launches $100 million ‘fight against hunger’. Business Wire 1999 Mar 3.

“Many of our members are from developing countries and know the suffering and distresses caused by [malaria and AIDS]. This is the type of fundamental public health campaign that we applaud.  . . . In Zimbabwe, for example, tobacco farmers have set up one of the most extensive HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in rural areas.  . . . Although it may be difficult for WHO to align itself with ITGA, the UN body can be assured of our support should the opportunity to work together arise.”

International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) president Richard Tate. Source: ITGA. Tobacco growers leaders meet WHO in Geneva. PR Newswire 1999 Mar 2.

Note how companies who may have worked with Kraft, and thus considered Philip Morris a food company, are now inextricably beholden to the tobacco arm, also.

“Philip Morris is more than just a tobacco company. We’re also the largest food company and the largest beer company in America.  . . . [The name Philip Morris appears on promotional material—rather than the Kraft Foods name—because support of anti-hunger groups is a] companywide initiative.”

Philip Morris spokeswoman Karen Brosius. Source: Thomas A. Tobacco sponsor has some fuming. “Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch” 1999 Apr 3.

It’s not just in the youth-smoking field that the industry is making itself felt. It seems to be picking up a number of surprisingly powerful—and willing—allies.

“We want to provide privately run smoking lounges, with street-priced coffee, pop, and magazines, and phone, fax and dataport capabilities, taking the burden of providing lounges away from the airport authority.”

Suzanne Hopkins of Clark Refining and Marketing’s LightHouse. Source: Smoke this! Airports are beginning to offer smoking lounges. “World Airport Week” via NewsEdge 1999 Jan 6.

“Players Autograph by La Gloria Cubana.”

This new cigar brand has won the endorsement of the United States National Football League Players Association’s marketing arm. Source: Jackovics T. Cigar with NFL tie aims for end zone. “Tampa Tribune” 1999 Mar 16.

“[Merrell Dow president David Sharrock has begun personally] screening advertising and promotional materials to eliminate any inflammatory anti-industry statements.”

Secret documents revealed industry pressure on the manufacturers of smoking cessation products. Source: Levin M. Big Tobacco keeps thumb on makers of stop-smoking aids. “Los Angeles Times” 1999 Feb 14.

“Tobacco is a legal product for adults, and that should not be forgotten.”

Rite Aid pharmacies lobbyist Kristen Harte Sawin. Rite Aid joined tobacco lobbyists in fighting Washington’s Senate bill SB 5881. Source: Callaghan P. Big Tobacco scores a win without entering fray. “Tacoma (Washington) News Tribune” 1999 Apr 1.

“[A]ccording to the now-moot FDA criteria, 22% of the 76 representative cross-section of consumer magazine titles surveyed would have been off limits to tobacco ads.  . . . ASW primary and total magazine research would be a useful tool in helping tobacco companies wishing to take their anti-underage-smoking message to print media by identifying which magazines have the highest penetration into the teen market.”

Dr Solomon Dutka, chairman and chief executive officer of Audits & Surveys Worldwide. Source: ASW offers tool to target anti-teen-smoking print ads. PR Newswire 1999 Jan 12.

“The combination of FACT [Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia] joining with Philip Morris makes an incredible statement.”

Virginia first lady Roxane Gilmore. Source: Adams S. Philip Morris, family unit combine on abuse donation. “Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch” 1999 Mar 29.

“Quite frankly, I don’t care where we get the money.  . . . I’m not proud. I’ll take money from anyone who wants to give it to us.”

Maryland Fire Marshal Rocco J Gabriele, president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Source: Shane S. Tobacco industry tied to firefighters. “Baltimore (Maryland) Sun” 1999 Feb 16.

“Before we began [in 1982], the fire service was slowly uniting against us.  . . . Uniformed firefighters were appearing at legislative hearings, writing articles and giving interviews, demanding cigarette regulation.  . . . By this past summer, several of the largest fire service groups were working closely with us legislatively and on the prevention of all kinds of accidental fires. We have been asked to serve on their boards. We are asked to give speeches and we are invited into the homes and private meetings of America’s fire service.  . . . We are not out of the woods.  . . . But we face the rest of it with the fire fighters, and not with them against us.”

Source: Shane S. Tobacco industry tied to firefighters. “Baltimore (Maryland) Sun” 1999 Feb 16. Document: Tobacco Institute, Annual Report to the Board of Directors. 1984 Dec 13. Bates TI 00000377-394. Text may be found at:<http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/841213ti.html>

“We’re looking at the fire department, this huge part of our budget, being expended because cigarette companies won’t make safer products.”

Stephen Sheller, a lawyer hired by Philadelphia’s mayor to study a fire lawsuit’s feasibility. Source: Koch W. Lawyers target cigarettes’ role in fires. “USA Today” 1999 Mar 18.

“Reynolds Tobacco, for many decades, has investigated the chemistry and biology of nicotine as it related to understanding our products better.  . . . In the early 1990s, there were some important factors that converged in the area of nicotine research: a discovery that nicotine interacts with several types of receptors within the body, and the finding that biological effects of nicotine could be better understood by developing nicotinic compounds which were selective for specific types of receptors.”

RJ Reynolds spokesman Nat Walker. Source: Nicotinic receptors for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. RPR, Targacept enter deal focused on CNS disorders. “BioWorld” via NewsEdge 1999 Feb 9.

Gender and tobacco

“I think readers notice.  . . . We’reMen’s Health. That’s who we are. Running cigarette and alcohol ads would cause dissonance with our readers.”

John Griffin, president of Rodale Press’ magazine division. Source: Appleson G. Men’s Health magazine smokes without butts, booze ads. Reuters 1999 Mar 29.

“Despite the presence of ‘Up in Smoke’, MarchVogue still carried quite a few pages of cigarette ads. This suggests that truthful antismoking editorial copy and cigarette advertising can coexist.”

Dr Elizabeth Whelan of the American Council on Science and Health. Source: ACSH. Shattering the smoke screen of silence: health group honors Vogue for spotlighting the devastating health effects of smoking. “American Council on Science and Health” 1999 Mar 30.

“Women who smoke like men will also die like men.”

Margaretha Haglund, president of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco, paraphrasing Professor Richard Peto at a United Nations panel. Source: Schweigart M. Activists make plea to women’s groups to help curb smoking worldwide. “Earth Times” 1999 Mar 26.

Secret document quotes

“We cannot hope to win in a head-on confrontation. Our tactics must be to discover our opponents’ weaknesses, attack those particular points, cause as much confusion as possible, and attack somewhere else while their attention is distracted. Our method of attack must be constantly varied so as to deprive our opponents of a clear target. Surprise is a key element. Applying this philosophy, we are continually studying our opponents and their strategy to discover any areas where we can embarrass or even defeat them.  . . . At Philip Morris, we have made good use of our film library as a means of informing influential contacts that there is a continuing controversy over smoking and health, despite the repeated denials of the anti-smoking organisations.”

Document: Cullman H. Philip Morris. Australia: smoking and health strategy/Some recent developments in Australia. 1978 February. Bates MISC 2024978017/8049. URL: <http://www.tobaccodocuments.com/dispPage.cfm?SearchKey=administration%20and%20threat&HideComment=YES&DisplayFormat=GIF&parentID=39533> Text: <http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/7802australia.html> Tobacco BBS.

“TI should have a plan for raising much more ‘commotions’ on social acceptability issues. As used here, a ‘commotion’ is something that a public affairs officer makes happen in order to publicly challenge erroneous conventional wisdoms about smoking, smokers or the tobacco industry. Examples of public affairs commotions are such things as stimulated editorials or columns, public hearings, conferences, placements on op ed pages, producing and announcing special polls, and assisting articles to be published in scholarly journals.”

Document: Durden D. RJR. RE: Transmittal of summary report on public affairs components of SOSAS [study of the social aspects of smoking] research. Bates 500851299-1326. 1978 Dec 22. URL: <http://www.smokescreen.org/tdoc/dispPage.cfm?SearchKey=&HideComment=YES&parentID=78> Text: <http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/781222rjrsosas.html> Tobacco BBS.

Furious when presented with industry documents, the California Henley jurors returned a verdict of $50 million against the industry in February 1999. The next month, maybe $30 million more furious, the Oregon Williams jurors returned an $81 million judgment.

“[Philip Morris had] no duty to warn [Henley] of risks that were already matters of common knowledge.”

Shook, Hardy & Bacon lawyer William S Ohlemeyer represented Philip Morris against Patricia Henley. Source: Levin M. Tobacco firms face spate of new suits. “Los Angeles Times” 1999 Jan 17.

“Of course, Jesse [Williams] was at fault.  . . . But Philip Morris does business with the public and has a responsibility to be forthright about the product.  . . . [Jurors] felt that Philip Morris misrepresents the facts and makes it easy for people to have conflicts in their mind about what’s really true.  . . . I’m not so much bothered by the fact that they put the product out.  . . . But the fact that they muddy the water I find unacceptable.”

Williams juror April Dewees. Source: O’Neill P and Rojas-Burke J. Company documents prove key to verdict. “The Oregonian” 1999 Mar 31.

“He’d say, ‘I just don’t believe it, because the tobacco company just would not do that’.”

Testimony of widow Mayola Williams. Source: O’Neill P. Smoker’s widow tells Portland jury of faith he placed in Philip Morris. “The Oregonian” 1999 Mar 10.

“The most important message of this entire process is that this jury was very, very, very angry.”

Tobacco analyst David Edelman at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Source: Geyelin M. Jury awards ex-smoker $50 million in first ruling against Philip Morris. “Wall Street Journal” 1999 Feb 11.

“The problem has been that Philip Morris and other cigarette companies have never accepted an ounce of responsibility.  . . . They deny everything. They essentially say to their very best customers that you get what’s coming to you for believing us.”

William A Gaylord, a lawyer for the Williams family. Source: Meier B. Jury awards $81 million to Oregon smoker’s family. “New York Times” 1999 Mar 31.

“The tobacco company lied not only to him but to all the people smoking and the statistics of how many people died from lung cancer every year is telling the truth about smoking.”

Jesse Williams’ widow Mayola. Source: Murphy T. Jury orders Philip Morris to pay $81 mln in suit. Reuters 1999 Mar 30.

“I’m not the world’s smartest person.  . . . If we can beat ’em, they ought to be worried.”

Williams lawyer Ray Thomas. Source: O’Neill P. Tribulations of tobacco trial steel victors for followup. “The Oregonian” 1999 Apr 4.

“I don’t want to touch their blood money.”

Patricia Henley, who plans to use her jury awards to start an education and health fund aimed at preventing children from smoking. Source: Wartnick, Chaber, Harowitz, Smith & Tigerman. San Francisco jury hits tobacco company with $50 million in punitive damages. Business Wire 1999 Feb 10.

“Both of these [Williams and Henley] verdicts came from crunchy granola land—San Francisco and Portland.  . . . Generally speaking, it’s cheap to sue, expensive to defend, the loser doesn’t pay and amateur juries award punitive damages.”

Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst Emanuel Goldman. Obviously, we need more “professional” juries. Source: Morrissey J. Philip Morris verdict likely to spark other suits. Dow Jones Newswires 1999 Mar 30.

“The industry has to get its head out of the sand and recognize that the tide is turning.”

Gary Black, a tobacco analyst at Sanford C Bernstein. Source: Philip Morris ordered to pay $81 mln in Oregon case. “Bloomberg News” 1999 Mar 30.

The national settlement with the United States attorneys general promises an immense windfall to every state, with no restrictions on the money’s use whatsoever.

“I’d say the biggest complaint that we get day in and day out, council members and myself, is the decrepit nature of our sidewalks.”

Los Angeles, California, Mayor Richard Riordan. Source: Stewart J. States divided on how to use settlement money. “CBS News” 1999 Jan 19.

“Any harm caused [by a delay in getting settlement funds] will be taken into consideration when the counties’ share is finally determined.”

Arizona Governor Jane Hull gets rough in a letter to the County Supervisors Association urging members not to appeal a court decision denying counties an automatic share of Arizona’s settlement funds. Source: Fischer H. Hull warns counties over tobacco money. “Arizona Daily Star” 1999 Mar 19.

“The functions of the Foundation shall be: (1) carrying out a nationwide sustained advertising and education program to (A) counter the use by Youth of Tobacco Products, and (B) educate consumers about the cause and prevention of diseases associated with the use of Tobacco Products.”

This provision of the “master settlement agreement” has led to the creation of the Tobacco Control Foundation, which, with $250 million from manufacturers, hopes to begin the biggest anti-smoking ad campaign in the nation’s history this autumn. Source: Teinowitz I. Tobacco foes poised for huge campaign. “Advertising Age” 1999 Apr 5.

Impeachment

Those outside the United States—and many inside—are unaware that there were strong tobacco connections to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. Just perusing the list of major actors playing in the impeachment drama is enough to fire the blood of even the mildest tobacco control advocate: billionaire publisher/think-tank funder Richard Mellon Scaife, media baron Rupert Murdoch, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (Republican, Texas), Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, North Carolina), Senator Lauch Faircloth (Republican, North Carolina), Court of Appeals Judge David Sentelle, and more. Paula Jones’ attorneys received help in her suit not just from lawyers at Starr’s major tobacco law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, but from Starr himself. Reportedly, they even received free advice from tobacco lawyer George Conway III, operating unbeknownst to his employer, the major tobacco law firm Wachtel, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Conway also helped steer conservative lawyer James Moody to Linda Tripp. Some observers have tried to connect the dots  . . .

“The first sitting US president to take a clear, strong stand against tobacco has been the target of a dogged attempt to unseat him by a legislative leader in dollars from tobacco, and by a lawyer who has simultaneously served as independent counsel and taken large fees from the tobacco companies.”

Dr Edwin B Fisher, attacking the tobacco connections of House Whip Tom DeLay and independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Source: Fisher E. Tobacco, Ken Starr and impeachment. “The Journal Newspapers” 1998 Dec 21.

“Attacking the President who attacks tobacco may have been worth alienating 60% of the electorate if it weakened Clinton enough to slow down the attack on tobacco.”

Columnist Gregory P Nowell. Source: Nowell G. Post mortem/impeachment appeared futile, but it was rooted in sound political strategy. “Wall Street Journal” interactive edition/Barrons 1999 Feb 22.

“There may well be a case for indicting Clinton, but Kenneth Starr should not be allowed to make the decision. If the nation goes down that route, the people of the United States are entitled to be sure that it is not in fact Tobacco Road.”

Columnist Thomas Ferguson. Source: Ferguson T. Smoke in STARR’s Chamber. “The Nation” 1999 Feb 19.

“I am going to sit in my sweats and watch the whole thing. I’ll be smoking, drinking Coke, eating popcorn and going YESSSSSSSS.”

Lucianne Goldberg, self-described “agent-provocateur” and reported personal friend of RJR chief Steven Goldstone. Source: Gerhart A, Groer A. Staying tuned. “Washington Post” 1998 Dec 18.

“She has immense gifts. She is a great asset for herself. She has also been spectacularly supported by her family and friends. I predict a bright future.”

John Scanlon, who helped Brown and Williamson distribute its 500-page smear of Jeffrey Wigand, has resurfaced. He now represents Monica Lewinsky. Source: Smith L: Monica’s now going for the gold. “New York Post” 1999 Feb 25.

Wacky tobaccy

“With a bottle of tobacco wine at their side, smokers will find it easy to give up their cigarettes.  . . . They will be able to enjoy their addiction without the tars and combustion products (the smoke) which makes smoking hazardous and unpopular.”

Dr David Jones, writing in the journal “Nature”, according to a truly bizarre column on the benefits of smoking and drinking by Dr James Le Fanu. Source: Le Fanu J. Doctor’s Diary. “Electronic Telegraph” 1999 Jan 12.

“Happy Birthday from your friends at Marlboro.”

Source: Rafinski K. Cigarette ads popping up in mailboxes. “Miami (Florida) Herald” 1999 Mar 31.

“Cigarettes used in this production contain no nicotine and are not inhaled. They are used only as stage props, and in no way constitute endorsement of smoking.”

Programme note for the Whitefish Bay (Wisconsin) high school production of “Grease”. Source: McCauley M. High school ‘Grease’ productions draw fire for use of cigarettes. “Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel” 1999 Mar 14.

“He’s my boyfriend; I’m going to miss him.  . . . It’s been a long relationship.  . . . We’ve had our problems. At first he was too fat and too tall, and I had to do something about that. But he’s been a good neighbor, and now he’s leaving me for good.”

After living next to him for 25 years, Bettie Wagner reacts to the Marlboro Man’s departure from a billboard on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Source: Shaffrey T. Up in smoke; West Hollywood’s prominent Marlboro Man to ride off Sunset come April. “Los Angeles Times” 1999 Jan 17. (See also page 136 of this issue of “Tobacco Control”.)

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