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IMPERIAL TOBACCO CANADA LIMITED

Bob Bexon, President & CEO and Director of Du Maurier Arts
Christina Dona, Manager, Media Relations

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ROTHMANS, BENSON & HEDGES INCORPORATED

John Macdonald, Director of Public Affairs

John Macdonald, Director of Public Affairs, is an active representative for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges in coordinating "ventilation solution" campaigns and other second-hand smoke strategies. Below is a selection of some internal tobacco industry memos outlining John Macdonald's involvement in second-hand strategies and the tracking of smoke-free bylaw campaigns across Canada:

Executive Fax (February 24, 1995) . From John Macdonald, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges to Tim Harris, Philip Morris International, regarding possible ETS research and programs with the CTMC.

Agenda: Evaluating Strategies in Response to Public Smoking Initiatives (June 22, 1998) . One day meeting held at the Holiday Inn Select, at Toronto's airport. Other attendees included John Luik and Pierre Lemieux, both well-known tobacco industry consultants.

Memo: Meeting on Smoking Bans (June 3, 1998) . From Susan Walsh, copied to John Macdonald, regarding a meeting with ventilation consultants working on the hospitality issue through the Courtesy of Choice program.

CTMC memo: Public Smoking in Hamilton-Wentworth (November 21, 1997). From David Small, copied to John Macdonald, regarding Hamilton-Wentworth's proposed smoking ban and a strategy to introduce ventilation technology as a compliance option. The memo also refers to the Ontario Hotel and Motel Association and the Ontario Restaurant Association (now the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association) as "our hospitality allies", as well as discusses how Courtesy of Choice (an industry ventilation program) is actively working on the recruitment of hotels to advocate ventilation.

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JTI-MACDONALD CORPORATION

Michel Poirier, Chairman, President & CEO
John Wildgust, Head of Corporate Affairs

Michel Poirier, Chairman, President & CEO, is on the public record stating that there is no conclusive evidence that second-hand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, and therefore prohibiting smoking in public places is not justified. Poirier is outspoken and his comments have appeared frequently in the media.

On October 16, 2002, Poirier addressed the Canadian Club in Montreal in a speech entitled, "Ethics vs. Activists: The Tobacco Industry Experience". When taking questions from reporters, Poirier dismissed the positions of Health Canada and the World Health Organization that second-hand smoke causes disease.

John Wildgust, Head of Corporate Affairs, has made many public statements on the company's position on second-hand smoke. Unlike Poirier, however, he has made more pointed comments about the regulation of second-hand smoke in public places and workplaces. In a July 20, 2002 Letter to the Editor of the Brockville Recorder and Times, Wildgust responded to an article written about the release of the June 2002 International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph, Tobacco Smoke and Involuntary Smoking (Volume 83).

"When it comes to ETS [environmental tobacco smoke]…we do not believe that the scientific evidence, taken as a whole, is sufficient to establish that ETS is a cause of disease. We recognize, however, that ETS can be annoying and we therefore believe in the right of non-smokers to be free from a smoky atmosphere. This can be achieved in establishments such as pubs and restaurants via mutual consideration, physical separation and ventilation, for which sound scientific evidence proves that adequate ventilation can actually lead to air that is as clean as that in non-smoking areas."

The statement is a good example of how the industry attempts to distract the public from the medical evidence by cloaking the issue in the language of "rights" - the rights of the smoker versus the rights of the non-smoker. References to an "annoying" and "smoky" atmosphere are crafted to downplay the fact that second-hand smoke is a hazard to one's health.

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CANADIAN TOBACCO MANUFACTURERS' COUNCIL

Dave Laundy, Vice President, Western Canada

CTMC memo: Update on Public Smoking Bans in Halifax, Toronto, Mississauga & BC (July 15, 1998) . As the title suggests, the memo is an update on smoking bylaw campaigns. The memo includes information about City Council meetings and the status of ventilation as a compliance option to be included in smoke-free legislation. The memo also names two hospitality organizations that have been actively fighting smoking bans, and describes their working relationship with the CTMC. First, the author writes that the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) is continuing its lobbying efforts in Nova Scotia. Second, a request for assistance from the CTMC by Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA - at the time of writing the Ontario Restaurant Association is noted). It is revealed that a request for funding from the Hotel Association of Canada will be made for the Ontario Restaurant Association.

CTMC memo: Ventilation and Public Smoking. Consumers Gas Now On-Side in Toronto (March 30, 1998) . The memo refers to Consumers Gas agreeing to publicly support the Ontario Restaurant Association's (now the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association) call for a ventilation solution. Norman Hutchison, representative for Consumers Gas, is described as having working on air quality issues, including workplace smoking and committee work for ASHRAE. Derrick Finn, a ventilation consultant to the ORHMA, is named as the CTMC's "technical advisor".

CTMC memo: Public Smoking in Hamilton-Wentworth (November 21, 1997) . The memo outlines Hamilton-Wentworth's proposed smoking ban and a strategy to introduce ventilation technology as a compliance option. The memo also refers to the Ontario Hotel and Motel Association and the Ontario Restaurant Association (now the ORHMA) as "our hospitality allies", as well as discusses how Courtesy of Choice is actively working on the recruitment of hotels in the area to advocate ventilation.

CTMC memo: Ventilation Alternative to Smoking Bans (March 20, 1998) . The memo lays out the CTMC's plan to fund a "ventilation alternative" to Toronto and Mississauga's smoking bans, with the hope of developing something similar in British Columbia. The Ontario Restaurant Association (now the ORHMA), among other hospitality "allies", are named as those groups that will presenting the tobacco industry-sponsored plan to municipal councils. Furthermore, the memo reveals that the "ventilation alternative" proposal was developed by Courtesy of Choice, the Hotel Association of Canada and the ORHMA.

Dave Laundy, Vice President for Western Canada, has been an outspoken employee of the CTMC on the topics of second-hand smoke and smoke-free legislation. The media has described him a sincere man who makes a simple case for Big Tobacco.

In a June 13, 2000 CBC radio interview Laundy confirmed that the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) had been receiving approximately $800,000/year from the CTMC for several years to promote Courtesy of Choice. It was later revealed that the HAC had received a total $3.2 million from 1997-2000 ($800,000/year) for the Courtesy of Choice program (Heidemann D. Who's funding the fight against the smoking ban in B.C.? BCTV. June 15, 2000).

In a CBC television investigation, "On the trail of Big Tobacco", broadcast March 24, 2003 in Edmonton and March 28, 2003 in Calgary, Laundy admitted that the tobacco industry "employs people in every provincial capital to keep them abreast of what's going on in provincial government" and to collect "political intelligence". To read more, go to the ASH web site, and go to "News" and look for a release dated March 25, 2003, entitled "ASH demands that tobacco companies disclose their provincial lobbyists."

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