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  • Tobacco Traffic

    The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how major tobacco companies, Phillip Morris and Brown & Williamson, organized smuggling of cigarettes on a massive scale into Colombia and elsewhere in the world. The story aired on NOW with Bill Moyers, PBS.
  • Big Tobacco: Uncovering the Industry's Multi-Billion Dollar Global Smuggling Ring

    The Center for Investigative Reporting provides an inside look at "how the major tobacco companies, Phillip Morris and Brown & Williamson, organized smuggling of cigarettes on a massive scale into Colombia and elsewhere in the world. The story revealed how the tobacco companies helped orchestrate the smuggling operation as a means of entering the Colombian market through large-scale import tax evasion; the inside mechanics of how the smuggling enterprise worked; and how it was fueled with funds laundered by U.S. based drug dealers. The story also broke news in illuminating how the tobacco companies pressured Congress to alter the USA Patriot Act in order to preserve their insulation from legal accountability for allegations of smuggling and fraud that are contained in the lawsuits." The story was released April 23 and published May 6 in The Nation.
  • A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry

    Kessler's book depicts the investigation undertaken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into the tobacco industry. The author, former FDA commissioner in the early 90s, uncovers "historical evidence that the tobacco companies orchestrated the greatest conspiracy ever undertaken to put the nation's health at risk." The book follows step by step the disclosure of scientific information and documents that proved the tobacco companies awareness that nicotine is an addictive drug. Kessler looks at the money and politics strings that tobacco industry has been controlling over the past decades.
  • To Sell the Truth

    Brill's Content analyses the anti-smoking campaign started by the recently established American Legacy Foundtaion. The story reveals that "a $100 million-plus effort to use the glitz and tricks of advertising to battle teen smoking ... is being hampered by politics and by a bureaucracy's need to self-perpetuate." The article reports on how the foundation's ad creators are pressed to comply with the "so-called antivilification clause, which forbids the foundation form attacking the tobacco companies directly and introduces a specter of liability..." The article looks at the controversies surrounding a recent ads that showed body bags being brought to the corporate headquarters of "a major tobacco company," and describes other creative ideas that have remained nascent.
  • Session 2000: The best laws money can buy?

    This student web-zine investigation identifies "150 groups and individuals who contributed more than half of the donations state lawmakers received for the 1999 elections." The analysis of campaign finance reports shows that 1.4% of donors have given 54% of donations. The package tracks downs "what favors mega-donors received during the 2000 legislative session." The student journalists find "numerous instances in which the General Assembly passed laws benefiting large contributors - or killed legislation opposed to top donors." The investigation reveals that amongst the main contributors who have benefitted from the lawmaking process are Phillip Morris, Virginia Coal Association, National Rifle Association and Paramount's Kings Dominion theme park.
  • Phillip Morris

    Business Week takes an inside look at the key executives behind America's largest tobacco company. Business Week conducted candid interviews with key managers, including C.E.O. Geoffrey Bible of Phillip Morris, for this project. The story details how Phillip Morris is battling their public relations dilemmas.
  • After the Smoke Cleared

    The inside story of Big Tobacco's $206 billion settlement. Details the legalities of what happened in the largest tobacco settlement ever and how Congress played a part.
  • The Smoking Files: Where There's Smoke There's Legislation

    The Post magazine found that a number of internal documents from the Washington office of Phillip Morris Cos. Inc. have turned up at the Houston office of a small anti-smoking doctor's group called Doctors Ought to Care through anonymous sources. The documents are concerned with the company's struggle to prevent the government from legislating or regulating cigarettes out of profitable existence. The article provides unusual insight into the lobbying methods, campaign funding, policy priorities and advocacy of leading company in the American tobacco industry. Article includes actual text of memos. (Dec. 3, 1995)