Restaurants for a Sound Voluntary Policy
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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
Restaurants for a Sound Voluntary Policy (RSVP) is a tobacco industry front group used to fight smoking bans in California.
A June 1998 memo from the Tobacco Institute on its "California local referenda program," to combat local efforts at restaurant smoking bans, mentioned the group. RSVP "operated by Rudy Cole ... was active in the Los Angeles battle, and to some extent in Bellflower and Culver City, it has not grown since then and does not have a presence outside the Southern California region." 
- "California Local Referenda Program," June 5, 1998 memo, Bates number 92757767/7773, via Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
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