- In 1993, President Bill Clinton proclaimed himself the first anti-smoking president. Mrs. Clinton declared the White House smoke-free. However, President Clinton continued to smoke cigars and admitted to having smoked marijuana while in college, although noting, “I didn’t inhale.”
- While serving as Senate majority leader, a post he won in 1981 in part due to support from North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, Bob Dole blocked all significant new regulations of the tobacco industry. Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds became major contributors to Dole’s political campaigns and the Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities.
- During his 1996 presidential campaign, Dole defended his longstanding acceptance of funds from the tobacco industry and downplayed the dangers of smoking. “We know it’s [tobacco] not good for kids,” he said, “but a lot of other things aren’t good…Some would say milk’s not good.”