Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is another one of the tobacco industry's front groups. Tobacco companies have funded CEI to pump out papers opposing tobacco policy. Opinion papers authored by CEI often appear in some of the nations' larger media outlets.

According to the tobacco industry's own documents, we know that the tobacco industry has been a regular funder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. For their generosity, CEI has fought repeatedly on their behalf in battles with government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. The CEI was especially active in 1993, after the Environmental Protection Agency released a risk assessment linking secondhand smoke to lung cancer. CEI published a variety of articles in an attempt to promote the tobacco industry's hidden agenda.