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Tobacco Industry Response to

Local Ordinances:

Preemption

“We could never win at the local level ... So the Tobacco Institute and tobacco companies’ first priority has always been to preempt the field, preferably to put it all on the federal level, but if they can’t do that, at least on the state level.”

Victor L. Crawford, Former Tobacco Institute Lobbyist

“It’s barely controlled chaos [at the local level].  We can’t be everywhere at once.”

Walker Merryman, The Tobacco Institute

“You can’t sue every place every time... or even send people to challenge every proposal every place anymore.”

Thomas Lauria, The Tobacco Institute

“When you have 95,000 local units of government in this country, and you have a finite amount of resources, then the smart thing to do is to try to limit the potential for mischief [i.e. seek preemption].”

Walker Merryman, The Tobacco Institute

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