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Media and Legislative Influence (GB)
by Gene Borio
To be combined with the other M&LI Timeline
- 10 Jun 1970 PM finds a way, thru A. Feinstein, to attack Auerbach/Yesner beagles study
- "Dr. Raymond Yesner oof the Veterans asdministration Hosptiatl, West Haven, Connecticut, is a pathologist who appeared with Dr. Auerbach at the ACS meeting on February 5. . . We have just discovered some new information concerning Dr. Yesner which seems to questioin his scientific integrity." The letter goes on to describe a separate study by Yesner and Feinstein on lung cancer victims, and Feinstein's disputation of Yesner's conclusions, mentioned at a scientific meeting. "Our files indicate that in the study under discussion Dr. Aueerbach is listed as a "collaborator." By implication, it can be argued that this is another study involving Auerbach where the results were prematurely announced and subsequently disputed. Alexander Holtzman"
- 10 Apr 1985 TI REPORT ON PUBLIC SMOKING ISSUE
- "REPORT ON PUBLIC SMOKING ISSUE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APRIL 10, 1985" is Kloepfer's report to the Exec Cmte on methods used to combat the "nonsmoker battle for smoke-free air" on social, economic and scientific grounds. "The nonsmoker battle for smoke-free air -- more complicated than fire safety, more damaging than restrictions and a greater bottom line threat than excises...The logical appeal of smoke-free air is irresistible to politicians, commentators, even some smokers. It is the most effective way to reduce smoking....The focus is dangerously narrow: ambient smoke. Some of our retaliation is working....We have only begun, however, to take the decisions, make the commitments and exploit the opportunities that can win this battle over the basic social acceptability of smoking." "The bandwagon is not yet rolling down Tobacco Road. But at least we are slowing it down with these implementations of our plan." "We say no one knows if cigarette smoke is dangerous to the smoker, much less to the nonsmoker." "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." See also Anne Landman's treatment: http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/dd/ddtiissuestrategy.html
- 1992 (est.) PM Payment sheet for Consultants
- Luik got $5,000, for example; here is a whole list of Consultants and their payments.
- 19 Aug 1993 Washington Legal Foundation gets $35G from TI
- "Check Request"
- 04 Mar 1994 Smoking Bans/Accommodation Communications Program
- "Objective 1: Position smoking ban proponents as extremist and accommodation as part of the mainstream." "b. Conduct national omnibus survey to determine if the public believes businesses should have the right to accommodate customers as they choose or if government should ban smoking. . . Consider consumer group to sponsor above surveys. However, survey should be pre-tested to gauge response before approaching a sponsoring organization." "Top 10 Intolerance Awards Create and publicize an award for the most absurd, hypocritical and/or intolerant people or organizations." "Theatre of the Absurd Cartoon--Distribute a cartoon strip that pokes fun at political correctness, via MAT service. Focus attention on various issues as a whole with smoking woven in." "Theatre--Commission an obscure theatre group to satirize the affects of political correctness on government and, thus, society. Final production could be placed on pubic radio via NPR, APR or other radio network distribution and publicized in target media." "Identify a stable of celebrities and comedians who take on political correctness such as Dennis Leary and Whoopi Goldberg. Review their material and package for other uses such as the media outreach program, etc. "Possibility exists for the Comedy Channel's "Politically Incorrect" panel discussion program to address the topic of smoking bans.