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Big Tobacco in the Big Apple

How New York City Became the Heart of the Tobacco Industry
…and Anti Smoking Activism

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Gene Borio on Judith Jamison’s, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, advocating against NYC’s Smoking Ban on behalf of Philip Morris (0:31)

“During Bloomberg’s administration, when he was going for a 100% smoking ban, Philip Morris told its fundees to go down to City Hall and to argue against the smoking ban. And Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, took it upon herself to go downtown, got to City Hall, and argued against a smoking ban in favor of her funder, Philip Morris.”

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