Tobacco.org -- News, Credits & Awards Page


"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" -- Justice Brandeis

Tobacco.org is a free resource center focusing on tobacco and smoking issues. It features tobacco news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts on tobacco control issues, and open consideration of all aspects of the spectrum of issues concerning tobacco, nicotine, cigarettes and cigars.

It began in 1988 with Gene Borio's news-posting service on Compuserve (where Borio was a forum leader), Prodigy, and later AOL. A BBS (Electronic Bulletim Board Service) began in 1993, and the website began in 1996. Since 2000 it has been run by Gene Borio and Michael Tacelosky.

Contacts:

Gene Borio

tobacco.org

PO Box 359

Village Station

New York, NY 10014-0359

212-982-4645

http://www.tobacco.org/

geneb@tobacco.org

Michael Tacelosky

Smokescreen

1502 21st. Ave NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-955-9099

tac@smokescreen.org

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MISSION:

July 15, 1993: Tobacco BBS Established

(Original press release defining TBBS' origin, function, and goals)

http://www.tobacco.org/Graphics/0506toba.jpg

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AWARDS:

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"Tobacco BBS is an essential resource for anyone doing research on the tobacco industry, tobacco litigation or smoking issues."

Dow Jones Business Directory (08/01/97)

http://bd.dowjones.com/showreview.asp?ID=820&gif=industries

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USA Today HotSite Award! September 26, 1996

Tobacco Affairs

Will tobacco executives get indicted? Will Congress overcome it's addiction to tobacco money? Fire up the Tobacco BBS for some smoke-related current affairs. http://www.tobacco.org/

http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/ch0926.htm

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2nd USA Today HotSite Award! May 7, 1997

Tobacco BBS

If you're feeling confused by tobacco current events, an expanded TBBS aims to clear the air. With the latest info on the legal/legislative wrangling, including news, documents and events. As the site says: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." http://www.tobacco.org/

http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/ch0926.htm

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Netscape's Cool Site Award

http://directory.mozilla.org/Health/Substance_Abuse/Tobacco

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StudyWeb├ć Academic Excellence Award

March, 2001

http://www.studyweb.com/images/sw_award.gif

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A NetGuide Live! 4-Star Site (top rating)

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IWAY 500 Winner!

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StudyWeb Award

http://www.studyweb.com/images/sw_award.gif

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edHelper Honor Roll Selected Site

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Featured in WebActive

July 22 - 28, 1996

Featured Site Review

Tobacco BBS

The Web site for the Tobacco BBS opens with a quote from Justice Brandeis that reads, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." Building on the metaphor, one could say that this site is a scouring supernova.

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Argus Clearinghouse Approved

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Netsurfer Digest January 11, 1998

Tobacco in a Nutshell

Tobacco's winding story is the subject of A Capsule History of Tobacco, an interesting textual browse. Its snippets follow a Tobacco Timeline: Columbus' brief description of tobacco, and subsequent signal events; the great age of the pipe (the 17th century, not the 1960s); the age of snuff (18th century), the age of the cigar (19th century - unless you count today), and the rise of the cigarette (the age of Bogart and Philip Morris). Celebs old and modern abound: Francis Drake, Pocahontas, Walter Raleigh (beheaded, by the way), Peter the Great, Thomas Edison, and more. Lesson one: A lot of people have died over disputes about tobacco.

http://www.tobacco.org/History/Tobacco_History.html

http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/nsd.04.01.html

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Netsurfer Digest Oct. 24, 1996

BUT HIS LUNGS WERE WEAK AND HE WAS OUT OF MATCHES

The Tobacco BBS focuses, more or less objectively, on smoking, though most of the material leans toward the anti-smoking camp. . . The meat of the site is divided into news, health, resources, documents, culture, and activism sections.

http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/v02/nsd.96.10.24.html

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Tobacco BBS Explodes Disinformation--

Wins a 4-grenade award "Excellent Site"

http://www.disinfo.com/prop/narco/prop_narco_thetobaccowars.html

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ARTICLES:

Tobacco Industry Gets Microscopic Treatment on the Internet

Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 16, 1998Now, if all this smoking talk is giving you a headache, an antidote is www.tobacco.org. . . You'll find the latest news about the tobacco industry, with a heavy dose of lawsuits, research and other material about smoking's health hazards. This is the place to go to get the latest on ongoing tobacco-related litigation

http://www.gateway-va.com/pages/news/tobac/1998/0216chip.htm

Tobacco Historically Given Little Media Coverage

St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan. 25, 1998

http://www.pioneerplanet.com/news/mtc_docs/018704.htm

The Net Serves as Command Central in Tobacco Wars

St. Paul Pioneer Press March 24, 1997 To many online activists, the Internet is filling a void left by newspapers and magazines that long ignored the biggest public health story of the late 20th century. "The situation we have today basically is [due to] the complete failure of the advertising-driven model of journalism," said Borio. . . "We have been under 40 years of blackout of tobacco information."

http://www.pioneerplanet.com/archive/tobac/dox/tob324.htm

Article on Tobacco BBS from the Mullins, South Carolina Tobacco Market

http://www.tobacco.org/resources/general/mullins.html

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Kudos to Tobacco BBS' Esteemed News Story Contributors

Stan Shatenstein, Medical Journal Editor.

Larry Breed

John Ricci

Michele Wronski

Karen Zielaski

John Ferguson

Noah Meyerson

Taylor Caffery

Mary Jayne Hellebust

Ed Sweda

Jon Krueger

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Prized Tobacco BBS benefactors:

Michael Tacelosky

Julia Carol & Diane Jones, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights

Gary O. Galliher, Galiher DeRobertis Nakamura Ono Takitani

Dr. Alain Poirier, Comite de Comm.,Tabac de la Monteregie

Gregory M. Johnson

Peter Singer

Ross Hammond

John Ferguson

Karen & Greg Hartley

Armon F. & Evelyn L. Yanders

D. Gordon Draves

Sam Orlando

D. Wyatt, American Lung Assoc. of Metropolitan Chicago

Cliff Douglas

Brian Wickwire MD

Hye-Joo Kim

Dave Cundiff, MD

William J. Butler, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Cummings, Tobacco Control Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

John Stanley, Esq.

Dave Klitaske, Esq., Robins Kaplan

[anonymous]

[another anonymous]

[and another anonymous]

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About Gene Borio

About Gene

I'd love to tell you all about myself, my life, etc., but I'm too busy collecting tobacco news!

The best I can do right now is refer you to: Philippe Boucher's Rendez-vous with . . . Gene Borio

I do enjoy hearing from people, feel free to write to

Best,

Gene

Gene Borio Tobacco.org PO Box 359 Village Station, NY 10014-0359

FUNDED BY TTAC