Big Tobacco's Unlikely Allies in the Effort to Keep the Poor Hooked on Cigarettes

Imagine a committee meeting where California legislators gather to consider AB746, Congressional Representative Marc Levine’s proposal to protect people in multi-unit housing from secondhand smoke. Picture the table, the chairs, the people milling about shaking hands and making introductions.

Imagine that there’s room for about thirty-five members of the public to sit and quietly watch the proceedings. Imagine that after fifteen minutes of discussion, the public pulls out packs of cigarettes, lights up, and continues quietly listening while smoking.