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Eva Baker    

— An economics professor at UCLA who helped the tobacco industry fight bans on workplace smoking. —  

Some key documents

1984 June 20: Anne Duffin, the Tobacco Institute's Director of Publications (at that time), writes to Peter Sparber.. With the empathy one would expect from a TI employee she writes about the failing health of one of her scientists saying:

Strike another witness type. Norman Heimstra, only 53 perish the thought, is in bad shape with diabetes and failing eyesight and [SH&B laywer Pat] Sirridge reports they investigated others there at the University of South Dakota, Psychology Department but found no one else to follow up with. [Dean Norman W Heimstra had long been taking substantial grants from the industry, and supporting cigarette companies in various ways.]

Eva Baker may be interested in the attached, indicating that nonsmokers who were highly motivated were significantly less annoyed by smoke exposure than those not exposed while submitted to three levels of noise.

[So the argument is that only non-smokers who are not highly motivated get annoyed by second-hand smoke!]

1984 July 3: A report by Kendrick Wells on the Tobacco Institute's State Activities Policy Committee says that the ...

"TI has identified people in the workplace and office planning business who will go on the road to comment on legislation.

Dr. Eva Baker of UCLA will present a proposal for funding by TI to produce a paper about how management can measure the cost and productivity Impact of smoking policies."

1984 July 6: Ogilvy & Mather PR's June Monthly report to the Tobacco Institute says:

We met with Lou Solmon, Eva Baker, and TI staff to discuss new research on the workplace smoking issue. We continue to consider publicity uses for Solmon's work with the Fortune 500. We will meet with Eva Baker the week of July 23 to request a written proposal from her.

1984 Oct 2: Ogilvy & Mather PR's Monthly report to Peter Sparber at the Tobacco Institute.

  • Public Smoking
    • Identified possible minority consultant, Robert Ethridge, to be used with William Weis. [They mean 'against' William Weis , who is a Seattle professor who said smoking worker's cost their employers $4,600 pa]
    • Acted as liaison between client and Eva Baker; received a preliminary proposal late in the month.
    • Reviewed some of Marvin Kristein's work and presented recommendations on how we might proceed. [Kristein was an anti-smoking scientist at the AHF]
  • Labor/Excises
  • Other Activites

1984 Dec 3: Examples of Tobacco Institute documents on Workplace Smoking. The company Response Analysis Corporation has put together a series of booklets for the TI: one each on the Construction Industry, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Industries, Government, Labor Unions, Manufacturing, Transport, Communications and Utilities Industries, etc.

Susan Stuntz at the Tobacco Institute also lists human and other resources available to fight workplace smoking bans (including a list of various surveys):

  • Lew Solomon: Dean of Education UCLA
  • Al Vogel: Response Analysis Corp
  • Marcie Allingham: Environetics Inc, Space Planning Consultants
  • Steve Schlossberg: Attorney, ex General Counsel, United Auto Workers.
  • David McCormack: Fire consultant.
  • Eva Baker: Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation. Baker has developed a proposal that will enable us to put together a kit to help employers look closely at the implications of a range of workplace policies — including smoking restrictions — before they implement them. Timetable puts delivery of a validated kit at April 30, 1985 . Baker will be available to promote the kit and its results.
  • Robert Ethreidge: President, American Association for Affirmative Action
  • Robert Klotz: law enforcement consultant

Eve Baker does not appear to have again worked for the tobacco industry after this momentary indiscretion.



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