These were released as a result of the ongoing state Medicaid lawsuits.
From these and many other documents, lawyers in the Medicaid suits have
developed various theories to show the tobacco industry committed a fraud
against the American public. The documents have contributed to the idea that
the tobacco industry lawyers controlled scientific research in an attempt to
hide data that was damaging to the industry. In other words, they covered-up
evidence that smoking is addictive and causes diseases. They also used or
"misused" the attorney/client privilege to try to keep this evidence from the
public. (Click on each for excerpts with explanatory notes.)
This document shows that as early as 1970 cigarette companies had
medical evidence that smoking causes lung cancer in animals.
This document written by Brown & Williamson's General Counsel is critically important because it indicates that
tobacco industry executives knew about the dangers of smoking in the early 1960's but continued to deny
them for over thirty years.
This 1981 Philip Morris document clearly shows that Philip Morris
knew that teenagers used their product; that they studied this rather extensively; and
that they were worried about decreases in youth smoking since it would affect
their future customers.
These are notes from a 1981 meeting of the Committee of Counsel, a
group of tobacco industry lawyers who met regularly to discuss legal issues of
interest to the tobacco industry. According to a federal prosecutor, the group
controlled industry scientific research. The notes clearly show the group
discussed scientific projects ("Special Projects") which were designed to
promote the idea that smoking does not cause disease.