The Cigarette Papers

Berkley, California: University of California Press, 1996. Second printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xix, [1], 539, [1] pages. Includes 13 black and white tables, and 12 b/w figures. References. Also includes a Foreword by C. Everett Koop (formerly Surgeon General) and a preface. Topics covered include Looking through a Keyhole at the Tobacco Industry; Smoking and Disease: The Tobacco Industry's Earliest Responses; Addiction and Cigarettes as Nicotine Delivery Devices; The Search for a "Safe" Cigarette; Public Relations in the "Safe" Cigarette Era; Agricultural Chemicals and Cigarette Additives; Legal Concerns Facing the Industry; Lawyer Management of Scientific Research; Stonewalling: Politics and Public Relations; and Environmental Tobacco Smoke and the Nonsmokers' Rights Movement; Statements by Brown and Williamson, List of Available Documents, About the Authors, Document Index, Name Index, and Subject Index. Stanton Arnold Glantz (born 1946) is an American professor, author, and leading tobacco control activist. Glantz is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, the American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control, and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Glantz's research focuses on the health effects of tobacco smoking. Glantz is an activist for nonsmokers' rights and an advocate of health policies to reduce smoking. He authored four books, including The Cigarette Papers. Glantz is a member of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute and Institute for Health Policy Studies, and co-leader of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Tobacco Program. Derived from a Kirkus review: An eye-opening expose of the workings of the tobacco industry, based on the leaked internal documents of a leading cigarette company. The setup is that of a thriller: In the spring of 1994 an express-mail box filled with 4,000 pages of tobacco-company documents turns up on the doorstep of longtime industry critic Glantz; the return address read ``Mr. Butts,'' the name of the fast-talking cigarette from Doonesbury. Glantz assembles a team of medical doctors and policy analysts to comb through the papers, which he lodges in the special collections division of the university library so that Brown & Williamson, the tobacco company in question, cannot block public access to them. The documents are astonishing, describing research projects with codenames like ARIEL (which sought ways to boost the nicotine kick of a cigarette), giving a behind-the-scenes look at the company's maneuverings around various lawsuits and congressional inquiries, and showing beyond any doubt that B&W, at least, was well aware of the cancerous effects of smoking decades ago, although it continues to maintain that `causation has not been proved' and that nicotine is not addictive. The editors' commentary helps make sense of the often arcane papers, which are couched in the language of law, chemistry, and medicine. `Stall any disclosure by industry as long as possible,' one B&W memo urges. The read yields disclosures of the sort that doubtless makes for an industry insider's worst nightmare—revelations that will add new fuel to the widening debate about smoking. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Tabacco industry, Health, Smoking, Cigarettes, Everett Koop, Brown and Williamson, Product Liability, Federal Regulation, Advertising, Public Relations, Smokeless, Public Opinion

ISBN: 0520213726

[Book #80731]

Price: $37.50