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Select documents from the industry's campaign to fight the acceptance of MCS in the 1990s
CMA Environmental Illness briefing (1990)
The chemical industry's call to arms to fight the acceptance of MCS.
API MCS forum invitation (1990)
The American Petroleum Institute convened a forum to discuss what to do about MCS.
Grassroots Groups Report (1991)
A public relations firm reports on MCS activists, with another call to arms.
MCS Symposium Trip Report (1992)
An anti-MCS symposium was held in Washington DC in 1992. Even this tobacco company representative found it one-sided.
ACSH Press Release (1993)
Press release accusing physicians helping people with MCS of money-grabbing.
Harrison Activities Report (1992)
This public relations firm organized the front group TIEQ for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. It funneled money to the anti-MCS symposium listed above and to Dr. Gots, who was a very vocal opponent of MCS.
ESRI Kick-Off Meeting (1995)
The Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute was clearly created to fight MCS.
Tobacco Money for ESRI (2001)
Philip Morris tobacco company was a major contributor to ESRI.
BCIA Front Group
BCIA Board Meeting, January 1991
BCIA was a front for the chemical industry. It opposed limits on indoor air pollution and the acceptance of MCS. It lobbied US Congress ("The Hill"), see item IV.
BCIA Board Meeting, January 1992
When the Federal agency Housing and Urban Development accepted MCS, the BCIA president went there in person to protest (item 3).
BCIA Letter to HUD (1992)
Letter sent to Housing and Urban Develpment asking them to reconsider their acceptance of MCS. It worked, the agency then became hostile towards people with MCS.
The 1996 New Mexico Campaign
When the state of New Mexico in 1996 considered accommodating people with MCS, industry lobbyists showed up in force.
Albuquerque Chamber Alert
Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association
Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Assoc
Environmental Sensitivities Reseach Institute
People with MCS were sickened by second-hand tobacco smoke, which was a threat to Big Tobacco.
Burson-Marsteller Organizes Anti-MCS Book
Tobacco public relations firm faxed early outline of book which was later named "Phantom Risk" and had a full chapter on MCS (originally called Clinical Ecology).
Tobacco Institute Consultant (1992)
A professor dismissive of MCS in several articles receives money from Tobacco Institute.
Anti-MCS Article Draft
Draft of anti-MCS article sent to Philip Morris tobacco company for comment. It was published in 1992 in
by professor Witorsch, who was a consultant for the Tobacco Institute (see above).