Jari Nobrega Cardoso

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Dr Jari Cardoso was enlisted by the law firm Covington & Burling into a small group of Latin American academics and medical specialist who were willing to act under cover for the tobacco industry in their own countries. They were called "ETS Consultants" but they were actually enlisted as lobbyists -- they had no consulting role with the tobacco companies whatsoever.

This doctor's name is spelled a number of different ways in the Literature: Cardoso (and wrongly as Cardosa) + with reversed word order "Jari Cardosa Nobrega" or "Jari N Cardosa". He seems to have been correctly addressed as "Jari Cardoso Nobrega" or as Professor "'Jari Cardoso."

Drs Francisco Radler Aquino and Jari Cardoso (both Brazil) were laboratory partners who worked together. The report on them reveals this propaganda emphasis:

On the understanding that the local companies in Brazil wish to conduct ETS measurements in buildings and are particularly interested in recruiting chemists, and given Dr Miguel's limited availability, I would recommend Drs Neto and Nobrega. They are Professors of Chemistry at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and together they operate a chemical research laboratory (Institute de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, IIha do Fundao). I met with them together, and I cannot see how we could work with one and not the other. Fortunately, both appear qualified. [2]

Both of these Analytical Chemists had worked for BAT (Souza Cruz) before, and Aquino Neto went on to work for tobacco for many years.[3] Both are listed on the 1994 list
Latin American ETS Consultants Program
Latin American ETS (Doc Index)
Bariloche Conference

Documents & Timeline

A few dozen of these "ETS Consultants were recruited in the 1991-1995 period. The details are in the Latin American ETS (Doc Index) entry.

1992 Feb 24-26: Another three-day meeting of the Latin American recruits was held at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel in Miami where each recruit gave a paper on a relevant subject. This was not a conference, but a personal bonding and training session and a meeting of the recruits. There is nothing in any of these papers that would be considered of even moderate interest in scientific circles in 1992. [4]

Those from the 1991 list who attended were Carlos B Alvarez,   Celio Paula Motta,   Antonio H Miguel,   Jari N Cardosa,   Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto,   Remigio O Lopez Solis,   Maria del Rosario Alfaro,   Cesar Leonel Gonzalez Camargo,   Lionel Gil,   Osvaldo Fustinoni,   Bruno Burger,   Zinnia Cordero,   Eduardo Souchon.

1998 May 8: Prof. Jari Cardoso is still working for Philip Morris, and being run by Bruce Davies in the USA, and with PM executives Souza Cruz and Lucio Mocsanyi in Brazil. He is ultimate under the control of the company's chief disinformation executives Matt Winokur and Mary Pottorff in New York. [5] Jari Cardoso and Francisco Radler are still working together. Cardoso had been given the task of drumming up a scare campaign against "Sick Building Syndrome" by using the Health Buildings International (HBI)/Gray Robertson theme of a threatened epidemic caused by bacteria in the air-conditioning system. This, they said, was the cause of personal discomfort and potential health problems in smoke-filled offices -- not smoking itself. This type of scare campaign results in offices increasing the rates of indoor-outdoor air exchange, and it was obviously used successfully previously after some Minister died (probably from Legionella) [6]