Californians for Fair Business Policy

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

Californians for Fair Business Policy was a Tobacco Institute-created front group based in Long Beach, California, formed to fight local efforts to enact smoking restrictions in California in the early 1990s. CBFP conducted referenda on existing bans, in attempts to weaken or repeal them.

Bob McAdam, the Tobacco Institute's Vice President for Special Projects described the industry's efforts to oppose smoke-free laws, stating,

While the industry has coordinated the process, we have effectively used surrogates throughout this effort, and we have several organizations started which serve to facilitate the organization of local interests. These entities provide us with the negotiation necessary to limit our referenda exposure. First, we have created Californians for Fair Business Policy, which is the name given to our operation that has conducted the various referenda....[1]


  1. McAdam RS. “Memorandum to Kurt L. Malmgren. November 27, 1991” Tobacco Institute Bates Number TIMN 0022833/839.

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