John A Hoskins

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John A Hoskins was with the Toxicology Unit, Medical Research Council, Leicester UK. He was a foundation member of the Indoors Air International (IAI) international umbrella group created by George B Leslie and his wife Katherine, of the UK pseudo-scientific association, ARIA.

PM Evaluation of his services

In February 1995 the new CEO of Philip Morris, Geoffrey C Bible took control of the tobacco industry's main fightback program and completely reformed the organisational structure of the company's lobbying and disinformation activities. Philip Morris virtually dominated the global tobacco industry's fightback program at this time and he realised that the problem had become global, rather than being confined to just the developed world.

Bible therefore merged the active lobbying/scientific-witness arms of both the domestic (PM USA) company and the international (PMI) division (with many national companies) and creating three new, closely-linked headquarter entities.

  • Corporate Affairs (CA) now ran the main disinformation campaigns, and they looked after the 'grants' and 'donations' given to think-tanks and university institutions which housed scientific lobbyists for the industry.
  • Worldwide Scientific Affairs (WSA) took over the old Science & Technology/Scientific Affairs operations. It now controlled the many academic and scientific consultants that had been recruited around the world: the open/admitted advisers who were paid by annual retainers; those who received grants and were open about it while always claiming to be "independent" of tobacco influence; and the numerous WhiteCoats who preferred to operate in secret, and were generally paid only on a services-rendered basis. WhiteCoats were usually paid through their own private consultancy firms, or via pseudo-scientific associations (IAPAG, ARIA, EGIL, IAI, ARTIST etc.) set up specifically to provide a money-laundry service and cover.
  • Worldwide Regulatory Affairs (WRA), was an extension of the old Washington lobbyist in-house staff, but with experts in other countries, and now operating on a global scale. They did the political lobbying and wrote the wording of the bills. The were mainly lawyers.

As part of this restructure, the head office of the company requested information about the scientists who had been recruited and run over the previous few years by the regional divisions of the company. This document from the Swiss branch run by Helmut Gaisch and Helmut Reif gives us their evaluation of some of their contractors. See original document:

European Consultants Group

This 10 year old program, which WSA inherited approximately one year ago, was originally administered through Covington & Burling (C&B — US tobacco lawyers).
      Scientists now take an active role in managing the program which has continued to expand to the point that for the first time in the program's history, face-to-face contact between the three principal consultants involved in the program and WSA scientists has been initiated. The three principal consuftants involved are
Dr George B Leslie, Dr John A Hosklns, and Dr Max Weetman (aka Donald F Weetman nicknamed 'Max').
      By the end of next week I will have CV's on each of these three individuals. [2]

Documents & Timeline

1990 Oct See in the Osdene diary page 5. John Hoskins has proposed a study to be conducted in the Dominican republic, and Osdene likes it (Type-in Bates Number) 2058272915

1994 Feb John A Hoskins of the Toxicology Unit, Medical Research Council, Uni of Leicester UK has proposed a change to the structure of Indoor Air International (IAI). He suggested in the IAI newsletter AIRMAIL that they establish grades of membership

  • Members (MIAI), The normal members.
  • Fellows (FIAI) - higher-grade fellowships for those who have been members of the society for a period of time.

The Council members were

  • Dr Dominique Bienfait, Marne La Vallee, (Building Engineering) France,
  • Dr Robert C Brown, Biochemist and Respiratory Toxicologist. Surrey (employed by the Medical Research Council's Toxicology Unit) UK,
  • Professor Guy Crepat, Bilogie Appliquee, Dijon, France,
  • Dr John A Hoskins Medical Research Council, Uni of Leicester, UK,
  • Prof T Jedrzjewska-Scibak Institute of Heating & Ventilation, Warsaw Polytechnic, Poland,
  • Dr Idiko-M Mocsy Institute of Public Health & Medical Research, Romania,
  • Dr LK Quah, School of Building and Estate Management, National University of Singapore,
  • Prof G Tymen Facilte des Sciences, de Brest, Uni de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France,
  • Prof Eiji Yano Public Health Teihyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Prof DF ('Max') Weetman (Uni of Sunderland) handed over editorship of Indoor Environment to John Hoskins and continues as publications secretary. Also AIRMAIL contains an article by Dr Francis JC Roe on carcinogenesis. The IAI was originally registered under the Swiss Civil Code as the "International Association for Indoor Air Quality', via Rothenfluj, Switzerland, [3]