Hot Tobacco Industry Documents

October 2004

Due to legal settlements, the tobacco industry is required to provide access to millions of pages of previously secret industry documents. ANR Foundation will provide access to a select few of these documents, which we believe best illustrate the tobacco industry's strategy regarding secondhand smoke and its interference with clean indoor air campaigns.

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Accommodation Program

Philip Morris and the Hospitality Industry - Our Mission: To Maintain the Ability for Our Consumers to Enjoy Our Products in Public Venues -- Bates Nos: 2045517304 - 2045517316

Philip Morris and the Hospitality Industry -- Bates Nos: 2045517337 - 2045517347

1994 Accommodation Program Draft, September 17, 1993 -- Bates Nos: 2045517142 - 2045517204


Clean Indoor Air Threat

The tobacco industry has, over time, evolved its strategies for opposing clean indoor air laws. The documents below reflect this multi-pronged strategy.

Draft 7/8/94 CAC Presentation #4 -- Bates Nos: 2041183751 - 2041183790

-- This lengthy memo is the draft of a presentation by Tina Walls and others from Philip Morris (PM). The main topic of the memo is how various types of unfavorable legislation (e.g., tax increases, clean indoor air laws) have been, or can be, defeated by PM. The memo states that one of PM's most important goals "is to see some form of accommodation/preemption legislation passed in all 50 states."

DRAFT: Merlo/Vendor Conf. Draft #3 -- Bates Nos: 2044333814 - 2044333836
-- This document describes why clean indoor air laws and cigarette taxes are such a threat to the tobacco industry, and how the industry works to oppose them at the federal, state, and local levels.

ETS World Conference (handwritten notes) -- Bates Nos: 2054893642 - 2054893656
-- This document provides notes on a conference regarding how to counter arguements that secondhand smoke is harmful.

California Local Referenda Program -- Bates Nos: TIMN0022833 - TIMN0022839
-- This document describes a program for opposing Proposition 99, a measure which raised cigarette taxes in California and earmarked revenues for an anti-smoking campaign.

National Smokers Alliance 1994 Political Action Plan -- Bates No: 2047897334 - 2047897347
-- The tobacco industry frequently creates so-called independent organizations to push its agenda. The National Smokers Alliance is one such group.

Agreement between Philip Morris and the Chelsea Group -- Bates Nos: 2024207276 - 2024207281
-- Philip Morris recently began waging a new campaign to undermine local clean indoor air ordinances by promoting so-called 'improved' ventilation technology. The campaign is being waged on behalf of Big Tobacco by the Chelsea Group, a long time tobacco industry proxy. Chelsea Group staffers, including CEO George Benda, Ky Ajayi, and Mary Ann Latko have been taking road trips to hospitality conventions and communities working on clean indoor air education campaigns and/or those that have enacted strong smokefree policies.

Report on Public Smoking Issue, Executive Committee April 10, 1985: William Kloepfer, Jr. Third Draft -- Bates Nos: TIMN0013710 - TIMN0013723
-- This document discusses why smokefree ordinances are dangerous to the tobacco industry and suggests counter-arguments and measures to be taken.

Impact of Workplace Restrictions on Consumption and Incidence -- Bates Nos. 2023914280 - 2023914284
-- This document describes the potential declines in cigarette consumption and the potential increase in smoking cessation as a result of smokefree workplace policies.

Proactive Legislation -- Bates Nos. TIOK0019819 - TIOK0019822
-- This internal memo discussed opportunities for "proactive legislation" in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, with an emphasis on pushing preemption legislation in some of those states. Regarding a possible bill in Colorado, the memo stressed the need to have trade organizations, rather than the tobacco industry, as the bill's primary sponsors.


Social Responsibility / Philanthropy / Public Relations

PM-USA Funding for Social Projects -- Bates Nos. 2044927615 - 2044927616
This 1988 Philip Morris (PM) memo lays the groundwork for PM/Altria's public relations strategy of engaging in "social responsible" activities like feeding the hungry and funding domestic violence shelters. Far from engaging in these pursuits for altruistic purposes, however, the memo says that "Benefits PM-USA may realize from a program of this type include...access to political decision makers." It also says these programs could "Enhance PM-USA's position with legislative bodies who might be considering marketing sanctions, advertising bans and public smoking restrictions."


Documents from Other Organizations

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association expressed concerns over employer liability for secondhand smoke related illnesses in this internal memo, found on the Philip Morris (PM) documents web site.

The National Restaurant Association warned its members in this 1993 memo that they might be liable for secondhand smoke related workman comp claims made by employees. (Note: Be sure to scroll down and to the right to view the entire memo.)