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[The US] absolutely respects the right of any country to protect the health of its citizens.
— U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, in regards to mad cow disease being found in the US. / Quick response averts market scare in mad cow case / Associated Press (AP), Friday, April 27, 2012.

You’re in here because you didn’t obey the old law.
— Circuit Judge David Sentelle, to tobacco companies asserting that Kessler's RICO remedies are obviated by 2009's FDA legislation. / Altria Bid to End Court Oversight Draws Judges’ Skepticism / Bloomberg News, Friday, April 20, 2012.

We think that people ought to know whether they might be exposed to second-hand smoke in their apartment before they decide whether to rent or buy.
— Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. / Mayor Taking New Step on Smoking ($$) / The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Charles Edward Steele did not know that smoking cigarettes caused lung cancer, that the nicotine within the cigarettes was addictive or that he would be unable to quit smoking when he would try to.
— J. Michael Cronan, attorney for the Steele family. Quoted in <i>Testimony to begin in lawsuit against Brown & Williamson Tobacco</i> / Testimony to begin in lawsuit against Brown & Williamson Tobacco / Kansas City (MO) Star, Monday, May 3, 1999.

The statistics are sufficient for us to conclude that smoking causes these diseases. . . We have a clear responsibility to make cigarettes as safe as we can with the highest possible materials and to the highest possible standards. . . We have a responsibility to understand our product.
— Nicholas Brookes, chairman of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., testifying at the Steele trial. Quoted in <i>Tobacco executive testifies at trial of Missouri lawsuit</i> / Tobacco executive testifies at trial of Missouri lawsuit / Kansas City (MO) Star, Wednesday, May 12, 1999.

This [Steele] verdict in Kansas City was particularly gratifying because the jury specifically found that B&W was zero percent at fault. Despite vigorous efforts by the plaintiff's attorney to punish the company by seeking punitive damages the jury found that B&W did absolutely nothing wrong.
— Steven McCormick, attorney for B&W. Quoted in <i>Jury Delivers Positive Verdict for Brown & Williamson</i> / Jury Delivers Positive Verdict for Brown & Williamson / PR Newswire, Thursday, May 13, 1999.

[Steele] knew what he was doing. He knew (cigarettes) were bad, but they gave him pleasure. The pleasure outweighed the dangers.
— Gary White, 57, of Kansas City, the jury foreman who said he has smoked since he was about 12. Quoted in <i>Brown & Williamson Found Not Liable in Missouri Case</i> / Brown & Williamson Found Not Liable in Missouri Case (Correct) / Bloomberg News, Thursday, May 13, 1999.

If [Steele] were here today, he wouldn't have any complaints against us.
— Steven McCormick, attorney for Brown & Williamson. Quoted in <i>Brown & Williamson Wins Court Case</i> / Brown & Williamson Wins Court Case / Associated Press (AP), Thursday, May 13, 1999.

There's a lot of evidence from the fifth grade forward that [Nunnally] was aware of the dangers [of smoking].
— RJR witness Dr. George Seiden, a Shreveport, La., psychiatrist, who said he had performed a "psychological autopsy" on Joe Nunnally. Bayne, W., <I>Tobacco Trial May Go To Jury Today</I> / Tobacco Trial May Go To Jury Today / Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal, Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

First, the plaintiff did not offer any evidence that the cigarettes Mr. Nunnally smoked were in any way defective. They offered nothing to the jury to support the notion that there was any feasible, safer alternative cigarette design that would have been used by Mr. Nunnally and that would have prevented his cancer.
— Michael W. Ulmer, lead RJRT counsel for the Nunnally case. <I>R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Pleased with Nunnally Verdict</I> / R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Pleased with Nunnally Verdict / PR Newswire, Wednesday, July 12, 2000.

Tobacco companies are responsible for illness and death worldwide, if they are spending money to ameliorate some of those problems, that is positive. . . If the aim is to provide a vaccine so that people can take it and keep on smoking, we would be against it.
— American Lung Association spokesman Norman Childs. Quoted in <i>Corixa Partners With Japan Tobacco On Cancer Vaccine</i> / Corixa Partners With Japan Tobacco On Cancer Vaccine / Reuters, Thursday, June 17, 1999.

What these verdicts show is that jurors continue to use their common sense and are wary of claims that smokers were unaware of health risks or that the company's actions influenced personal decisions on whether to smoke.
— Charles R. Wall, deputy general counsel for Philip Morris, on the Karney, et.al. verdicts. Quoted in <i>Memphis Jury Verdicts in Favor of Philip Morris U.S.A. Applauded</i> / Memphis Jury Verdicts in Favor of Philip Morris U.S.A. Applauded / Business Wire, Monday, May 10, 1999.

There's no shortage of plaintiffs, or plaintiffs' lawyers, in either California or Oregon. . . California simply on its own remains a major threat to the industry.
— Martin Feldman, a tobacco analyst with Salomon Smith Barney. Quoted in <i>Victories in 2 States Give Cigarette Makers a Boost</i> / Victories in 2 States Give Cigarette Makers a Boost / Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, May 11, 1999.

Forget conventional PR! If some bratty journalist gives you a whack, whack back with obscene, jaw dropping disproportion: knee him in the groin, pull what's left of his hair out, tell him he writes in clichés, and misuses the semicolon, and stomp on his iPhone! . . . For the tough cases, go Dada.  . . .  Defending the brand means exacting respect and that will come from fear not charm.
— Trevor Butterworth, editor of STATS, who combs the Internet for stories that raise concern about BPA, even on the most obscure blogs, and chastises those who claim BPA can be harmful. According to a stellar series of Journal-Sentinel articles, secret tobacco documents reveal that STATS' parent organization is the Center for Media and Public Affairs--paid for in the 1990s by Philip Morris to pick apart stories critical of smoking. Even today, tobacco-related message boards across the country seem vulnerable to this and other techniques that may be deployed by tobacco companies and/or their hirees in this, the new world of Internet PR. / 'Watchdog' advocates for BPA / Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, Saturday, August 22, 2009.

The success in Australia is going to be the success of the world.
— Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organisation, speaking at the WCTOH about Australia's near-apocalyptic plain packaging battle / Fight may cost Big Tobacco a packet / Sydney Morning Herald (au), Saturday, March 24, 2012.

And we have an enemy, a ruthless and devious enemy . . . Tactics aimed at undermining anti-tobacco campaigns, and subverting the Framework Convention, are no longer covert or cloaked by an image of corporate social responsibility. They are out in the open and they are extremely aggressive. The high-profile legal actions targeting Uruguay, Norway, Australia, and Turkey are deliberately designed to instill fear in countries wishing to introduce similarly tough tobacco control measures. . . . Big Tobacco can afford to hire the best lawyers and PR firms that money can buy. Big Money can speak louder than any moral, ethical, or public health argument, and can trample even the most damning scientific evidence. . . . It is horrific to think that an industry known for its dirty tricks and dirty laundry could be allowed to trump what is clearly in the public’s best interest. . . . Paying people to use a country’s judicial system to challenge the legality of measures that protect the public is a flagrant abuse of the judicial system and a flagrant affront to national sovereignty. This is direct interference with a country’s internal affairs.
— Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization, in her keynote address at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore. / CHAN: The changed face of the tobacco industry / World Health Organization (WHO), Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Hey, everybody, I'm Garth Brooks. If somebody tells you dipping or chewing tobacco is not harmful or possibly fatal, they ain't telling you the truth.
— Brooks, in a film for Joe Garagiola's anti-spit tobacco campaign. Quoted in <i>Garth's Day at Spring Training</i> / GARTH BROOKS: Garth's Day at Spring Training / Associated Press (AP), Friday, March 5, 1999.

This could be a very serious issue if someone attacked us on this front. We all know how difficult it is to quit smoking and I think we could be very vulnerable to such criticism.
— Michel Descôteaux, then public relations director for Imperial Tobacco Canada, in a 1976 memo to Imperial's VP, Tony Kalhok. / Witness in tobacco trial backs away from '70s note / Montreal Gazette (ca), Thursday, March 15, 2012.

I was wrong when I said we all know how difficult it is to quit because I hadn't tried to quit yet. . . . I am a person who prefers excess to moderation so I drink more than most people; I was smoking practically all day long, I play golf to excess - and I'm probably addicted to retirement, too. But just because you do something to excess doesn't mean you're addicted to it.
— Michel Descôteaux, testifying Wednesday in Canada's class-action suit. / Witness in tobacco trial backs away from '70s note / Montreal Gazette (ca), Thursday, March 15, 2012.

There is no evidence that, in marketing and selling Marlboro cigarettes prior to July 31, 1968, Philip Morris was or should have been aware of a high degree of probability that Rivers, or any other smoker, would develop an addiction, smoke while impaired, and consequently die or be seriously injured by a fire started by a cigarette.
— U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, who granted Philip Morris summary judgment last week in MA a fire-safety liability case. / No Product Liability in Fire Hazard of Cigarettes / Courthouse News, Monday, March 12, 2012.

On or before July 31, 1968, Philip Morris advertised and sold Marlboro cigarettes in the United States, intending to cultivate a loyal customer base. Cigarettes are now known to be an addictive product, but in the 1960s Philip Morris knew only that cigarette smoking was habit-forming.
— U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, who granted Philip Morris summary judgment last week in a MA fire-safety liability case. / No Product Liability in Fire Hazard of Cigarettes / Courthouse News, Monday, March 12, 2012.

In order to end this epidemic, we need to focus on where we can prevent it and where we can see the most effect, and that's with young people. We want to make our next generation tobacco-free, and I think we can.
— Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, in an interview with The Associated Press. / Surgeon General wants more focus on youth tobacco use, prevention / Associated Press (AP), Thursday, March 8, 2012.

In short, the tobacco industry and its convenience store allies are making a killing by making deadly and addictive tobacco products all too convenient.
— "Deadly Alliance: How Tobacco Companies and Convenience Stores Partner to Market Tobacco Products and Fight Life-Saving Policies" / New Report: Tobacco Companies and Convenience Stores Partner to Market Tobacco Products, Fight Life-Saving Policies / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), Monday, March 5, 2012.

It might be easier to write a bill that just lists the places where you can smoke.
— Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, on the Senate version of Indiana's proposed smoking ban. / A long, slow crawl to a smoking ban / Fort Wayne(IN) News-Sentinel, Saturday, March 3, 2012.

[T]he graphic images here were neither designed to protect the consumer from confusion or deception nor [designed] to increase consumer awareness of smoking risks. Rather, they were crafted to evoke a strong emotional response calculated to provoke the viewer to quit or never start smoking.
— U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon in his RJR v. FDA ruling. / FDA's Graphic-Image Tobacco Labels Found Unconstitutional ($$) / Law360, Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

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