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According to the minutes of a meeting of the Tobacco Institute’s Executive Committee, the Center for Indoor Air Research was initially formed and funded by Lorillard, Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to “sponsor and foster research in indoor air issues with emphasis on environmental tobacco smoke.”

(; accessed 5/15/02)

According to a U.S. Newswire article “the Center for Indoor Air Research (CIAR) - was created for the very purpose of spearheading…deceptive industry efforts and was shut down by the state attorneys general as part of the 1998 state tobacco settlement. In January 29, 2003, court filings to support its racketeering lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the U.S. Department of Justice stated, ‘CIAR was officially created ... to act as a coordinating organization for Defendants’ efforts to fraudulently mislead the American public about the health effects of ETS (environmental tobacco smoke) exposure.’ The Justice Department also stated that CIAR ‘was not only used for litigation and public relations, but it was (sp) also funded research designed not to find answers to health questions, but solely to attack legislative initiatives related to ETS exposure. Lawyers specifically engineered and constructed scientific studies to get results that would be useful for public relations, litigation, and legislative battles, as opposed to results that would assist the scientific community in further understanding the health effects of ETS exposure.’” (Statement by Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, in the U.S. Newswire, 5/15/03, National Desk)

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