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COOK & HENDERSON,
February. 9, 1978
Messrs. Thomas F. Ahrensfeld
Max H. Crohn, Jr.
Arthur J. Stevens
Please find enclosed a copy of an article which appeared'
in the February 7, 1978, Kansas City Stair. It is sometimes
difficult to know what really happened in a lawsu.it by reading a~
newspaper report but, if correct, this is a frightening result.
Some of you have asked for additional information con-
cerning funding through Special Account No. 4'. This account is .
administered by Jacob & Medinger and Ed'Jacob and: I have reviewed
the enclosed report. I also enclose a memorandum with regard to
funding: of projects and would; appreciate your advice if you find
th,is to be incorrect in any way.. There is probably no need for
you to retain, those notes once you have satisfied: yourself of the
Also enclosed are two requests for funding. The E_lLsenck
request would; be funded through Special 4 and the F__r~nkliD__I~r
ztut =equest through a .~_.Sp.~9~l. Project. I recommend
approval of both.
Curt Judge recently received a letter, copy of which is
enclosed, from a Dr. Tallarida.. Dr. Aviado knows Dr. Tallarida
and we may be visiting with him in the next few weeks. Has
anyone else heard, from him?
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SHOeK, HARDY ~ BACON
"- General Counsel
February 9, 1978
The Research Liaison .Committee has not had: a meeting
since July i~76. I have had discussions with individual members
of the committee about calling, a meeting. It has been suggested
that the views of the companies with respect to the future
activities of this committee should first be explored through the
~o~i~@_Of_Counsel. I have been hoping to discuss this matter
at a General Counsel meeting but a combination of bad weather and
lonq agendas has made this impossible. I mention, it in the hope
that we will be able to reach the question.of the Research Liaison
Committee as an agenda item sometime soon.
we may want to discuss research in a larger context,
i.e., what are the industry's present needs? This, of course,
involves consideration of the role of institutional type projects
(tobacco, e.g., Harvard, and non-tobacco, e.g., Washington. Uni-
versity); the role of CTR; and the need for special areas of
research, with du.e regard for the politics of science, the impor-
tance of developing, witnesses and the need for a responsive
mechanism to meet unfounded claims made about tobacco.
It may also be important to evaluate the desirability of
increased attendance at scientific meetings. For example,
according to a recent sheet distributed~ by Leonard Zahn, Dr.
Peter Bourne is to be a discussant at a session on "The Relation-
ship Between the Health Care Environment and Human Behavior"
during: the AAAS meeting February 12-17. Fraumeniis speaking on
"Epidemiological Studies" at a Symposium on. Fundamental Cancer
Research March 1-3 in Houston. Shubik will be at the same
conference giving a paper on "Animal Test Models" and Higgin.son
will speak on "Present and Future Perspectives in Environmental
Carcinogenesis." The Banff International Conference on Behavior
Modification set for March 19-23 at Alberta, Canada, will have as
a speaker Stanley Schachter. His top~c: "Smoking is an Add~iction."
We have been unable to visit with Dr. Huber in Boston
becau.se of weather conditions. I have, however, suggested to him
that he talk with H,enry Meadow, attorney for the Medical School,
about the situation at Charlesgate. Dr. Huber will advise Mr.
Meadow that the checks are being held because of the inadequacy
of facilities at Charlesgate and on account of lease uncertainties.
Dr. Huber has agreed to conduct a two-hour presentation
at an American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association meeting
in May. There will be several participants, who will discuss the
s~atus of tobacco research in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular
disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. Huber
also contemplates a section on the nonsmoker and tobacco smoke.
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S~-IOO, K, HARD¥ ~, BACON
February 9, 1978
Dr. Huber has advised that his group has received the
number one scientific rating from NCI on. a research proposal,
"Nicotine Titration (Accommodation) in Cigarette Smokers." I
hav.e 157 pages of proposal in my office which I will make avail-
able to anyone who would like to hav.e a copy of it. This work,
if funded, would investigate whether cigarettes with a "low tar
and nicotine" yield are "less hazardous." Does the total number
of cigarettes consumed, the amount of each cigarette smoked or
the way. of smoking the cigarette change in response to "nicotine
Sometime ago Dr. Huber asked that a committee be formed
at Harvard to critique the scientific aspects of the smoking and
health program. Dr. Huber, as you know, is very proud of the
ca~liber of work done and wanted to lay to rest any accusations
(completely unfounded)that the industry had control over the
research. A presentation, is to be made to this committee within
the next few days.
Dr. Huber has mentioned from time to time the possibility
of engaging in "passive smoking" research. He has contemplated
further work of the kind done by Hinds and First. He is also
curious as to what factors may contribute to the strong feelings
of certain anti-smokers with respect to the smoking of others..
Dr. Huber still hopes to have a site visit but I believe
this matter simply must have a low priority for the time being.
we have also d~iscontinued further reviews of the Beth Israel
accounts by Peat, Marwick pending! resolution of some of the major
William W. Shinn
cc: DeBaun Bryant
Henry C. Roemer
Edwin J. Jacob
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~HO,~K, HARDY ~ BACON
February 9, 1978
Blind P.S. to Arthur Stevens.
Arthur, Tallarida is a co-author on a paper that
concludes that the adverse effects of cigarette smoking have been
well established. This would normally tend~ to give a potential
witness a very low priority. Tallarida, however, was the last
named author on the paper and also received preliminary high
marks from Dr. Aviado.