"It is estimated that 15% of all deaths in New Mexico each year are directly linked to tobacco use. In addition, smoking by pregnant women is a leading cause of low birth weight -- a significant factor in infant mortality, developmental disabilities, and huge medical costs." see New Mexico DOH
NM Tobacco Documents Exposed: [January 31, 2002] Larry Barker, KOAT TV7 Investigative Reporter, airs special report featuring New Mexico tobacco industry documents. Barker reports how Scott Goold, director of InfoImagination, found evidence in industry's confidential and secret files of corruption at the highest levels of New Mexico politics. Manny Aragon, shown on floor of state legislature above, received an all-expense vacation to the 1991 Superbowl compliments of the Philip Morris tobacco company. The legislature was considering anti-tobacco legislation at the time.
The documents below reveal Philip Morris and Aragon attempted to hide this incident from the press and public. When questioned by Barker about the '91 incident, a Philip Morris representative acknowledged, "We made some rather foolish judgments. We are making every effort to be as open as we can today."
TOBACCO DOCUMENTS RELATED TO NEW MEXICO
PM: Review of Albuquerque Clean Indoor Air Ordinance
PM: Assessment of Tobacco Industry Lobbyists
PM: Did We Fly Manny Aragon to Superbowl in 1991?
PM: Give Larry Barker, KOAT-TV Ch. 7, the "Run Around"
PM: Most Powerful and Friendliest Legislators -- Greatest Adversaries
PM: New Mexico's ASSIST Project
PM: New Mexico ASSIST On Target Newsletter
PM: New Mexico DOH Letter to Senator Shannon Robinson
PM: Activities in New Mexico and Region
PM: ASSIST Origination Expenditures
TI: UNM Professor Assists Tobacco Industry
TI: Activities with Hotel and Motel Association
TI: Activities with New Mexico Association of Tobacco & Candy Distributors
TI: Smoking Preemption Activities with the 1991 State Legislature
TI: Anti-Tobacco Tax Activities with the 1991 State Legislature
TI: New Mexico DOH Letter Commending Institute Initiative
TI: New Mexico Health Services Displeased With NASBE
TI: LULAC Requests Tobacco Institute Resources
TI: Anti-Smoking Doctors Focus on Sex Appeal
TI: Don't Smoke While Baby Is Eating
TI: The Economics of Tobacco in New Mexico (1988)
TI: File Material on Representative Bill Richardson (D-3rd District)
TI: File Report on 1979 New Mexico Legislative Activity
TI: CONFIDENTIAL New Mexico Tobacco Action Network (TAN)
TI: RJR Nabisco's Cartoon Camel Promotes Cigarettes to Children
TI: UNM Professor Defends Commercial Free Speech and Cigarette Advertising
TI: Develop Realistic Model of Social Costs of Smoking
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