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Tobacco Industry Records
Administrative Summary of the Tobacco Institute
- Incorporated in 1958 as principal trade association intended to foster public
understanding of smoking and health controversy, to "increase awareness
of historic role of tobacco and its place in the U.S. economy"; consisted
of 11 companies that manufacture/market cigarettes, other tobacco products.
Intended to speak as one voice for the industry.
- 1964 Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health affected
functions-added federal activities, public relations (1966-67), general counsel's
office (1969), medical-statistical component (1970).
- 1970s established field offices on regional basis in response to efforts
to regulate smoking in public places and workplace
- 1970s founded Tobacco Action Network-volunteer response organization on
smoking regulation in public, workplaces
- 1970s expanded public communications activities, including: establishing
The Tobacco Observer, specialty publication on tobacco issues; program
of public appearances and interviews on tv and radio
- 4 staff in 1958; 32 in 1977
- Set up Tobacco Institute Testing Laboratory in 1967 to keep track of Federal
Trade Commission's Tar and Nicotine Laboratory and ensure it's work was accurate.
- promote better public understanding of tobacco industry and its place in
- cooperate with governmental agencies and public officials with reference
to tobacco industry;
- collect and disseminate information re. use of tobacco; scientific and medical
material re. tobacco; information re. tobacco industry published by any federal
or state gov't agency, or from any other non-industry source; information
re. federal/state legislative and administrative developments affecting tobacco
- promote "good will"
- Field representatives: advise institute of developments in regions (6),
speak for institute when occasion arises; work/cooperate with local tobacco
people on industry problems that came up.
- Board of directors: consisted of chief executives of member companies; elected annually
- Executive committee: committee of the board responsible for interim policy
directions when board not available; set overall policies; composed of the
CEO and head of the tobacco division of each of 5 major companies supporting
institute. Met 6 times a year to receive staff reports, set policy.
- Standing committees: legal-legislative; communications; budget; various
- (1977): Senior vice presidents for: Government Relations; Communications;
State Activities (1962) expanded to have 6 field staff (1974); Administration.
Director of Statistics (1970); Medical Director (1970). Public Relations staff
- (1974) Field representatives.
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