Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA Book Tells Behind-the-Scenes Story of Case against Big Tobacco

Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA Book Tells Behind-the-Scenes Story of Case against Big Tobacco

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More than a dozen years ago, the Department of Justice began a landmark racketeering case against the tobacco industry. The case, which stretched more than six years, led to new restrictions on tobacco marketing and statements of health risks.

Now, with details never before revealed, a new APHA book provides an insider's look at the department's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Written by Sharon Eubanks, JD, and Stanton Glantz, PhD, "Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry," tells how the historic case developed, how the lawyers put the case together, how the tobacco industry's allies in Congress tried to stop the case and how the Justice Department ultimately prevailed.

"This book illustrates the realities of bringing the largest public health case against a major industry, that ended with the major tobacco companies being identified as racketeers and placed under ongoing oversight by a federal court," Glantz, an APHA member, told The Nation's Health. "It shows people what it really takes to bring a major public health enemy to justice and how powers outside the justice system can influence what happens in court."

A professor of medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, Glantz is a longtime antismoking crusader and prolific researcher on the topic. The tobacco industry has twice unsuccessfully sued the University of California in an attempt to stop his work. …

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