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  • 1994-12: POLITICS: FDA gets letters from Congress. 124 members of the House sent a

sharply worded letter to the FDA, claiming the agency's tobacco proposal would put 10,000 jobs at risk and "trample First Amendment rights to advertise legal products to adults." Two weeks later, 32 senators signed a virtually identical letter. (According to Common Cause, those senators who signed the letter had received an average of $31,368 from tobacco, compared to $11,819 for those senators who did not sign. Similarly, the House signatories received an average of $19,446, in contrast to $6,728 for other Congress members.)--Mother Jones, 4/96


    • 1. PM 43%

    • 2. RJR 28%

    • 3. Brown & Williamson 11%

    • 5. American Tobacco Co. 7%

    • 3. Lorillard 7%

    • 3. Liggett & Myers 2%

  • 1995: GOVERNMENT: Tobacco companies give the GOP $2.4 million in "soft" dollars. The

top two soft money contributors to the GOP this year are Philip Morris ($975,149) and RJR Nabisco ($696,450). Tobacco industry PACs gave $841,120 to Republican members of Congress.

  • 1995: SMOKEFREE: Italy amends its 1975 smoking ban to include any places open to the

public, such as post offices, banks and government offices.

  • 1995: SMOKEFREE: Utah bans smoking in restaurants.

  • 1995: SMOKEFREE: New York City passes Smoke-Free Air Act. Strengthens Clean Indoor

Air Act (1988) by banning smoking in the dining areas of all restaurants with more than 35 seats. Limits smoking to the bar area of restaurants, with certain specifications, and to a maximum of 25 percent of a restaurant's outdoor seats. Bans smoking in outdoor seating areas, such as in sports stadiums and recreational areas. Limits smoking in the workplace to a separately enclosed and ventilated room and to private offices as long as the door is kept closed and no more than three people are present, each of whom agrees to allow smoking. Prohibits smoking at all times in both indoor and outdoor areas of day-care centers. Exempts restaurants seating 35 people or less. Allows smoking in stand-alone bars. Allows smoking in sports arenas in separate smoking rooms, with some limitations.

  • 1995: SMOKEFREE: Delta is the first U.S. carrier to voluntarily ban smoking on all flights.

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  • 1995: BUSINESS: Financial World ranks Marlboro the world's No. 2 most valuable brand

behind Coca-Cola (value: $38.7 billion). The brand also has 29% of the US market--the highest market share it has ever had.

  • 1995: BUSINESS: Geoffrey C. Bible becomes chairman and CEO of Philip Morris Cos.

  • 1995: BUSINESS: KGF is reorganized into one operating company with category-based

divisions, and the name changes to Kraft Foods, Inc.

  • 1995: BUSINESS: For the first time, revenues from Philip Morris' international businesses

($32 billion) exceed those from North America ($31.4 billion).

  • 1995: BUSINESS: Richemont buys out Rothmans International minority shareholders

  • 1995: CANADA: LEGISLATION: The Supreme Court of Canada strikes down the federal ban

on tobacco advertising. Tobacco companies launch an aggressive advertising campaign, using billboards, newspaper ads and event sponsorships. Ottawa releases A Blueprint to Protect the


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