Jacob Sullum

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Jacob Sullum is the Senior Editor of the Reason Magazine, the oldest media channel owned by the Reason Foundation, an American libertarian think tank.[1]

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

The Reason Foundation has a history of receiving donations from tobacco companies.[2][3] It has promoted anti-tobacco regulation messages, in relation to tax measures, plain packaging, regulations to control E-cigarette use and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its implementation.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Sullum has been an employee of the Foundation since the late 1980s. From the early part of his career, his work focused on tobacco and drugs.[12][13] He has written two books: For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health (1998) and Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use (2003). These books and his other publications have been used by the tobacco industry to lobby against tobacco control measures.[14][15][16]

There is no evidence of any financial arrangement between the tobacco industry and Sullum. However, internal industry documents reveal that he engaged in several discussions with Philip Morris International and RJ Reynolds about smoking regulations.[17][14][18]

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  1. Reason Foundation, About Us, 2016, accessed November 2016
  2. Unknown, 1993 Corporate Contributions Report for PM USA/NYO, 1993, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 2073010053-2073010054, accessed December 2016
  3. Unknown, Public Policy Grants Proposed 20010000 Budget. 2001, Philip Morris Records, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 2080434443-2080434449, accessed December 2016
  4. J. Morris, Reason Foundation Policy Brief No. 136 - The WHO’s Opposition to Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Threat to Public Health?, Reason Foundation, 2016, accessed December 2016
  5. B. Fojtik, North Dakota’s Cigarette Tax Measure Looks Like a Blank Check for Government Spending, Reason Foundation, 2016, accessed December 2016
  6. B. Fojtik, Cigarette Taxes and Spending Requirements for Anti-Tobacco Programs Don’t Belong In Colorado’s State Constitution, Reason Foundation, 2016, accessed December 2016
  7. B. Fojtik, California Shouldn't Create Constitutional Workarounds to Target Smokers With Tax Increases, Reason Foundation, 2016, accessed December 2016
  8. K. Furtick, C. Malcolm, A. Randazzo, Reason Foundation Policy Brief No. 113 - The Effect of Cigarette Tax Rates on Illicit Trade: Lessons Learned in Canada, Reason Foundation, 2014, accessed December 2016
  9. J. Morris, Reason Foundation Policy Brief No. 117 - Smoking, Plain Packaging and Public Health, Reason Foundation, 2014, accessed December 2016
  10. J. Sullum, California Bill to Restrict E-Cigarettes Would Harm Public Health, Reason Foundation, 2015, accessed December 2016
  11. J. Morris, A.U. Khan, The Vapour Revolution: How Bottom-Up Innovation Is Saving Lives, Reason Foundation, 2016, accessed December 2016
  12. Reason Foundation, Reason Foundation Experts: Jacob Sullum, accessed December 2016
  13. Creators, About Jacob Sullum, Creators.com, undated, accessed January 2017
  14. 14.0 14.1 D.Colby. Philip Morris Records, Ads Jacob Sullum /Media Critic, 17 October 1995, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 2048852778, accessed December 2016
  15. T. Borelli, Unknown,31 August 1994, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 2072494406, Philip Morris Records., accessed December 2016
  16. S. W. Moskowitz, J.H. Robinson. WEBSITE. 1999 August 17; 1999 August 18, RJ Reynolds Records, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 531907107-531907111, accessed December 2016
  17. T. Borelli, Email to S. Parish, M. York, T. Collamore: Sullum., 11 October 1995, Philip Morris Records, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 2048852841B, accessed December 2016
  18. D. J. Theroux, Email to R. Thompson. Our phone call,, 23 October 2000, RJ Reynolds Records, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates No: 532132812-532132814, accessed December 2016