Smokers Rights Alliance

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Puff pieces - "Potential Allies" (c 1990)

The Smoker's Rights Alliance, based in Mesa, Arizona, was formed in 1987 in response to threats of local and state bans on smoking in public places . The former president and cofounder, David Brenton, is now the editor of the United Smokers Association magazine but is still involved with the Smokers' Rights Alliance. This group has challenged the ban on smoking on airline flights and has set up booths in airports around the country to give smokers a chance to air their complaints and comments regarding nonsmoking flights . It was run by David Brenton (who lived in Arizona)

The United Smokers Association (USA) is a private smokers' rights organization located in Frankfort, Kentucky . They have no chapters and serve as a representative voice for smokers across the country. USA publishes a magazine and has a team of people who appear on numerous radio and television shows. They have been guests on Crossfire, Good Morning America, CNN and numerous talk shows . USA is funded solely through advertising in their magazine and, other than tobacco company advertisements in the magazine, receive no funding from the tobacco industry . David Brenton is the editor of the magazine. The nominal President was James T Radford of Frankfort Kentucky. [2]

Documents & Timeline

1990 Potential Allies in Tobacco Institute files. [[3]]

1990 March The Great American Smokeout activists' guide was supposedly published by the American Smokers Alliance. It has sample letters to the editor, and some basic instructions on what to write + some dubious statistics to include in the letter.

This bundle includes a copy of the 1982 Legislative Policy, distributed by the National Center for Legislative Research. The NCLR was run by life-long tobacco lobbyist Paul Dietrich who went on to run the Saturday Review magazine for Philip Morris, and also the Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD) which handled the publication and distribution of the fake seminar, McGill University ETS Symposium in November 1989.

They also provide the addresses of the major newspaper in each state[4]