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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cigarette giant began years ago to fight smoking bans

As Nevadans vote on a pair of statewide smoking restrictions, tobacco companies that are actively fighting smoking bans and tobacco tax increases in other states are standing on the sidelines here. And that's how it might have looked in the mid-1990s, too, when anti-smoking advocates were attempting to lobby the Legislature to pass smoking restrictions in Nevada and the federal government was weighing a national ban on smoking in the workplace. At the time, it turns out, cigarette maker Philip Morris was quietly planting seeds that would help business owners such as casinos and bars fend off future smoking bans. The Las Vegas and Reno-Sparks chambers of commerce were listed as the sponsors of a 1996 study concluding that a smoking ban could cost Nevada's economy as much as $3.5 billion and that as many as 50,000 jobs could be lost.

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