existed on these crucial facts. Nevertheless, motivated primarily by a professed desire to generate wealth, Philip Morris, in concert with other major American tobacco companies, consistently endeavored through calculated misrepresentations to create doubts in the minds of snickers , especially addicted smokers such as Richard Boeken, that cigarettes are neither addictive nor disease-producing. . . Philip Morris's doubt- creating scheme fully succeeded in the case of Mr. Boeken and others . . . The evidence further indicates that Philip Morris monitored the relative market share of its Marlboro brand - the brand smoked by Boeken from his teens - to insure it maintained dominance among underage smokers to whom cigarettes could not be sold legally. . . Citing the Public Health Cigarette Act of 1969, 15 U.S.C. 1331 et seq:, Philip Morris argues that Congress has determined "that it is not reprehensible ... to market and advertise cigarettes with the warning prescribed in that statute." Philip Morris is not being punished for marketing cigarettes, but rather for engaging in a fraudulent business scheme initiated long before passage of the Act. . . Philip Morris's conduct was in fact reprehensible in every sense of the word, both legal and moral. -- Charles W. McCoy, Jr.
2001-08-11: SETTLEMENT: National Conf. of State Legislators report finds only 5% of state
tobacco settlement monies go to tobacco control. NCSL's PR Release is titled: "Health Programs Benefit from Tobacco Money" (36% went to health services and long-term care).
2001-08-22: UK: The Guardian publishes new smuggling allegations against BAT, backed up
by documents from whistleblower Alex Solagnier,; Conservative Party leadership candidate and BAT spokesman Kenneth Clarke is attacked.
2001-08-24: BAT breaks into Vietnam market. BAT announces that it has been granted a
license for a $40 million joint venture with Vintaba to build a processing plant in Vietnam
2001-09-11: International Tobacco Products Marketing Standards Agreement is signed JT,
BAT and Philip Morris agree that the promotion and distribution of tobacco products should be "directed at smokers and not at youth," and should be "consistent with the principle of informed adult choice." The agreement will go into effect in Dec., 2002.
2001-10-16: US Court of Appeals (First Circuit) reinstates a Massachusetts law that requires
tobacco companies to disclose the ingredients in their products.
2001-10-19: LITIGATION: NY Judge Weinstein refuses to throw out the jury's verdict in the
Blue Cross/Blue Shield case.
2001-11-05: BUSINESS: Brown & Williamson begins test-marketing Advance, its "reduced
risk" cigarette, in Indianapolis, using the slogan, 'All of the taste, less of the toxins.'
2001-11-05: BUSINESS: Vector heralds Omni, its "reduced risk" cigarette, with an ad in
Monday's People Magazine, with the tagline, "Reduced carcinogens. Premium taste."
2001-11-01: CANADA raises tobacco taxes by C$1.50; some provinces increase their own
taxes on top of the federal increase.
2001-11-02: INDIA's Supreme Court rules that smoking in public spaces must be banned
2001-11-15: BUSINESS: Philip Morris proposes changing its corporate name to Altria, which
would consist of Miller Beer, Kraft Foods, and the two cigarette branches, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International.
2001-11-26: LITIGATION: Philip Morris files appeal of Engle verdicts.
2001-11-29: Beatle George Harrison dies of lung cancer. He had been battling various forms
of the disease for at least three years: In 1998, he underwent radiation therapy for throat cancer, which he attributed to years of smoking. In their December l0th issues, both Time and Newsweek extensively covered Harrison's death, but neither magazine mentioned smoking. Both magazines carry tobacco ads.