RECENT REPORTS on experiments with mice have given wide publicity to a theory
that cigarette smoking is in some way linked with lung cancer in human beings.
Although conducted by doctors of professional standing,
these experiments are not regarded as conclusive in the field of cancer research. However,
we do not believe that any serious medical research, even though its results are inconclusive
should be disregarded or lightly dismissed.
At the same time, we feel it is in the public interest to call
attention to the fact that eminent doctors and research scientists have publicly questioned the
claimed significance of these experiments.
Distinguished authorities point out:
- That medical research of recent years indicates many possible causes of lung cancer.
- That there is no agreement among the authorities regarding what the cause is.
- That there is no proof that cigarette smoking is one of the causes.
- That statistics purporting to link cigarette smoking with the disease could apply
with equal force to any one of many other aspects of modern life. Indeed the validity of
the statistics themselves is questioned by numerous scientists.
We accept an interest in people's heath as a basic responsibility,
paramount to every other consideration in our business.
We believe the products we make are not injurious to health.
We always have and always will cooperate closely with those whose task it is to
safeguard the public health.
For more than 300 years tobacco has given solace, relaxation,
and enjoyment to mankind. At one time or another during those years critics have held it responsible
for practically every disease of the human body. One by one these charges have been abandoned for lace
Regardless for the record of the past, the fact that cigarette smoking today
should even be suspected as a cause of a serious disease is a matter of deep concern to us.
Many people have asked us what we are doing too meet the public's concern aroused by the recent reports.
Here is the answer:
- We are pledging aid and assistance to the research effort into all phases of tobacco use and health.
This joint financial aid will of course be in addition to what is already being contributed by individual
- For this purpose we are establishing a joint industry group consisting initially of the undersigned. This group
will be known as TOBACCO INDUSTRY RESEARCH COMMITTEE.
- In charge of the research activities of the Committee will be a scientist of unimpeachable integrity and
national repute. IN addition there will be an Advisory Board of scientists disinterested
in the cigarette industry. A group of distinguished men from medicine, science, and
education will be invited to serve on this Board. These scientists will advise the Committee
on its research activities.
This statement is being issued because we believe the people are entitled to know where we stand
on this matter and what we intend to do about it.
THE AMERICAN TOBACCO COMPANY, INC.
Paul M, Hahn, President
BURLEY TOBACCO GROWERS COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
John W. Jones, President
PHILLIP MORRIS & CO. LTD., INC.
O. Parker McComas, President
BENSON & HEDGES
Joseph F. Cullman, Jr., President
LARUS & BROTHER COMPANY, INC.
W. T. Reed, Jr., President
R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
E. A. Darr, President
BRIGHT BELT WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATION
F. S. Royster, President
P. LORILLARD COMPANY
Herbert A. Kent, Chairman
STEPHANO BROTHERS, INC.
C. S. Stephano, D'Sc., Director of Research
BROWN & WILLIAMSON TOBACCO CORPORATION
Timothy V. Hartnett, President
MARLYAND TOBACCO GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Samuel C. Linton, General Manager
TOBACCO ASSOCIATES, INC.
(An organization of free-owned tobacco growers)
J. B. Hutson, President.
BURLEY AUCTION WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATION
Albert Clay, President
UNITED STATES TOBACCO COMPANY
J. W. Peterson, President
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