Project Cosmic

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

Project Cosmic was an internal Philip Morris effort conducted between 1987-1991 to build "an extensive network of scientists and historians from all over the world” to serve as paid consultants and/or project investigators for the company. The domain of the project encompassed the history and behavioral aspects of tobacco and its alternatives. An interest in nonsubstance alternatives (music, dance, physical exercise) was also maintained. The domain of the project specifically excluded the health effects of smoking.

The network of scientists and historians developed during this period included:

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  1. Philip Morris Project Cosmic Proposals, Contracts and Progress Reports Report. 5 pages. November 20, 1990
  2. Philip Morris Chronology and Development of Project Cosmic 1988. 3 pages. Bates No. 2023919844/9846