80s Promo Video for the Tobacco Institute, A Pro-Smoking Trade Group

This remarkable promotional video from 1984 provides a behind the scenes look at the Tobacco Institute, a tobacco industry trade group that worked for and was funded by cigarette manufacturers. The video trumpets the many pro-tobacco activities undertaken by the group, including: lobbying politicians to prevent the passage of smoking laws, fact-checking and disputing anti-smoking statements by the Surgeon General, and researching public attitudes about smoking. The Institute even operated a laboratory with an automated smoking machine. It’s purpose: to monitor the results of a similar machine operated by the Federal Trade Commission. The Tobacco Institute was dissolved in 1998 as part of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Thanks Gideon!