Maura Payne

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

Maura Payne, also known as "Maura Ellis," is a public relations employee for R.J. Reynolds. In 2008 the company is known as Reynolds American, Inc. She often serves as a company spokesperson, and has worked for the company since at least 1981. In 2009, she was listed as Vice President of Communications at Reynolds American[1] [2]

In 1988, when Arizona's Board of Pharmacy asked RJR to voluntarily remove the new, "smokeless" Premier Cigarette from the market until testing could be done to determine whether it was a drug delivery device, Maura Payne stated that the company had no plans to withdraw Premier. [3] RJR eventually pulled Premier from the market.

In 1990, in response to information that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was going to declare secondhand smoke a known human carcinogen, Ms. Payne stated to the Greenboro News and Record, ""We think this is a leaked document to further an anti-smoking political 'agenda.'"[4]

In 1991, her goals included convincing employers to accommodate smoking rather than making their facilities entirely smoke-free, issuing communications pieces and strategies to highlight the "unfairness" of federal excise taxes on cigarettes, and to help other departments at RJR, like marketing and R&D, "avoid negative issues and maximizing positive messages" about cigarettes and smoking[5]


She attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[6]

Related SourceWatch resources


  1. Linked In Maura Payne, Linked In, accessed Feburary 2, 2009
  2. James Romoser Tobacco gradually losing its political sway, Winston-Salem, February 2, 2009
  3. No author. Arizona Board Wants Premier Taken Off Market Published document/newspaper clipping. October, 1988. 1 pp. R.J. Reynolds Bates No.510338292
  4. Lorillard Tobacco Company Awareness Bulletin Newsletter/compilation of articles. June 4, 1990. At PDF page 21, Bates page no. --7054. Bates No. 88607034/7081
  5. Maura Payne, R.J. Reynolds Maura Payne 1991 Goals Personnel information. 1991. 1 pp. Bates No. 507720493
  6. Linked In Maura Payne, Linked In, accessed Feburary 2, 2009

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