Tobacco Documents - personal abbreviations

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This is one of a number of explanatory documents to help researchers understand the archives of tobacco industry documents held at the San Francisco Library archive.


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

The tobacco industry documents are archived at the San Francisco University Library [1] They now hold 14 million documents which are indexed and made available on-line. These are important not just to help identify the tobacco industry scams, distortions, lobbying, and helpers, but also because they offer an insight into the activities of a much wider group of industries with similar poisoning and polluting problems.

It is important to realise that private consulting groups and companies, and the numerous institutes, associations, think-tanks, etc. set up to service the tobacco industry often also provided similar services to other industries with problems. This became a distinct industry sector, usually with global reach, which continues today.

The tobacco documents are often difficult to read, however, until the researcher gets to understand the jargon, and industry-specific terms. These are often personal memos, also, and these forms of correspondence often only use first names, or nicknames. The most interesting of these are the documents of Philip Morris Corporate Affairs, and so we have included the first-name and nickname list for this group on another page.

Personal initials

Some reports only use initials -- and these take two forms:

  • in English-speaking countries the initials will generally be first last and middle name (sometimes two middle initials)
Examples: GCB = Geoffrey Cyril Bible and RWM = R William ('Bill') Murray. (both CEOs of Philip Morris)
  • in German-speaking countries (including Switzerland) the first and last initial are often (but not exclusively) used, together with the second letter of the last name.
Examples: HGA = Helmut Gaisch and HRE = Helmut Reif
However, the same company (FTR a Philip Morris Swiss subsidiary), also uses IAM = Iancou A Marcovich.


Personal name abbreviations were mainly used by the industry's disinformation groups and lobbyists, since they were a tight-knit cabal who were in fairly constant communications.

BAT = British American Tobacco (also controlled B&W - Brown & Williamson in USA); BATUS (US umbrella); BATCo (global umbrella)
PM = Philip Morris (general); PMUSA (United States domestic); PMMC (Management Company); PMI (International); PME (Europe);
RJR = RJ Reynolds Tobacco; RJRUS (US); RJRTI (Tobacco International)
ITL = Imperial Tobacco Ltd

CSA = PM's Corporate Scientific Affairs (later replacement for S&T)
CTR = Center for Tobacco Research (USA)
CIAR = Center for Indoor Air Research (US)
EEC = European Economic Community (most of Europe - marketing division of PM)
EEMA = Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (marketing division of PM)
FTR = Fabriques de Tabac Reunies (PM's R&D and lobbying operation in Switzerland/Neuchatel & Lausanne)
ICOSI = International Committee on Smoking Issues (global version of TI);
INFOTAB = International Tobacco Information Center (later version of ICOSI)
INBIFO = PM's secret laboratory in Germany.
R&D = Research and Development of manufacturing processes
SAWP = Social Acceptability Working Party (of ICOSI and INFOTAB)
S&T = Science & Technology division (most companies had one)
S&H = Smoking & Health division (so-called "Issues Management")
TI = Tobacco Institute (USA), TIA (Australia),
TAC = Tobacco Action Committee (UK equivalent of TI)

TDC = Tobacco Documentation Center (later version of INFOTAB)

Person Abbreviations

ADCT -- AD Clive Turner (Clive Turner) BAT PR; then ran the Tobacco Advisory Council (of the UK). Father of HBI's Simon Turner.
AEB -- Andre Badstuber PM Toxicologist/Staff scientists at Science & Technology, FTR & PM Neuchatel (Also ANB)
AGB -- Aleardo G Buzzi Pres.& CEO; Philip Morris International + PM Europe
AGG -- possibly Anthony Garrett ('Tony') Chairman of Imperial Tobacco in 1970s
AHD -- Anne H Duffin VP of Tobacco Institute; lobbyist and organiser of their 'Special Projects' (corrupt activities)
AHL -- Dr Anders H Laurene RJ Reynolds; member of ICOSI
AH -- Alexander Holtzman. ('Alex') PM New York office; inhouse legal counsel; (later) outside consultant; running PM Tob.Research Committee (54-75); Wife was Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman
AJC -- AJ Collingridge Imperial Tobacco; Tobacco Advisory Council (UK) 1983
AJN -- Andrew J Nelmes ('Andy') Gallagher PR; Scientific Liason Mgr.; TAC
AJW -- Sir A James Wilson Chairman of the UK TAC and head of their research committee.
AJ -- Anne Johnson Legal counsel for BAT below Nick Cannar.
AKC -- A Kay Comer BAT's document 'retention' (eg. destructon) expert
AMR -- Andrew M Reid Imperial, BAT and TAC; also on SAWP; INFOTAB lobbyist; works politically for UK industry
ANB -- Andre Badstuber Principle scientist at S&T Neuchatel, and FTR division of Philip Morris Europe, in Switzerland
AR -- Alan Rodgman Scientist smoke expert. RJR smoking and health research scientist Also worked with the TI
AWF -- Andrew W Foyle External lawyer for BAT, through Lovell White King/Durrant
AWS -- Arthur W Spears Lorrilard inhouse legal counsel and executive; head of their dirty-tricks department
AW -- Andrew Whist Philip Morris Corporate Affairs VP (Australia, USA, and global). The worst of the worst.
BBB -- Bradley B Brooks FTR; PM European Corp. Affairs executive
BEF -- Barrie E Frost Rothmans tobacco scientist. Air monitoing expert
BGE -- B Gerstenberg (unknown)
C-G -- Carl-Gustav Petersson Nisses air-quality testing company
CAT -- Charles A Tucker RJR represetative on TI Executive and research committee.
CDB -- C David Briggs Gallaher's man on TAC committees
CGP -- Carl-Gustav Petersson Nisses air-quality testing company
CG -- Carl-Gustav Petersson Nisses air-quality testing company (Used as a nickname)
CHG -- Clifford H Goldsmith ('Cliff') Philip Morris headquarters executive. Vice Chm of PM Inc. Top exec in 1970s.
CHJ -- Curtis Judge ('Curt') Lawyer for RJR; later President/CEO of Lorillard; key disinformation executive
CJD -- Cathy J Dobbs tobacco lawyer at Dobbs & Neilsen in California
CJH -- CJ Hill Imperial Tobacco
CJP -- Christopher J Proctor ('Chris') Lawyer with BAT in the UK, then later Covington & Burling in US.
CLF -- Craig L Fuller Presidential aide; PM Corporate Scientific Affairs + Chairman of National Republican Committee.
CP -- Clare Purcell, Manager Legal Issues, PM Management Corp (PMMC)
CRLM -- CRL Marchett Carraras Rothman, Tobacco Advisory Council (UK) 1983
CTF -- Christopher T Fielden Gallagher, Tobacco Advisory Council (UK) 1983; document destruction working under Nick Cannar.
CWN -- Charles W Nystom RJR Scientist at Winston-Salem; Worked on ICOSI/SAWP and with Frank Colby
DAM -- Daniel A Milway ('Dan')Tobacco Institute Administrator
DB -- H DeBaun Bryant General legal counsel for B&W; Dir. CTR,
DD -- Darienne L Dennis Communications for PMI in New York; PMMC director of Communications
DEF -- David E Ferrers BAT Public Affairs advisor
DJF -- Dale J Florio NAM lobbyist; Philip Morris PR operator who left, set up own firm, and contracted back.
DKH -- Donald K Hoel top tobacco dissembler and lawyer with Shook Hardy & Bacon (Kansas City, then London from mid-1990s) The worst of the worst.
DL -- David G Laufer PM Stte Govt. Affairs; Corporate Affairs, top level management of political operations.
DM -- David L Milby PMUSA; Corporate Affairs New York (1988)
DRH -- David R Hardy Sn legendary litigating tobacco lawyer at SH&B (died of heart attack1976 - son David K carried on business); Chm of industy Research Liason Committee.
DSH -- Donald S Harris PM Director of Media at the New York Corporate Affairs office of PM. Offsider to Andrew Whist. He had been in advertising, and later ran the Asian Tobacco Institute.
DS -- Douglas Spincer Research Dept. Imperial Tobacco
DTW -- David T Westcott Imperial, later consultant to Philip Morris in the UK
DVL -- Derrick V Littlejohn London-based PM executive
EAAB -- Eric AA Bruell Head of BATCo in 1985; BATUS 1982; MD BAT 1983-88
EDO -- E Daniel Oxberry Manager Corp. Affairs,Philip Morris UK.
ERO -- E Roemer PM researcher with INBIFO
FAC -- Fernard A Leclerc (seems to be correct) RJR public relations in Canada
FER -- Frank E Resnik Philip Morris, Tobacco Technology Group & NY Office. One of the worst of the worst.[Beware there are two Frank Resniks - other with Medline and Heartland Institute]
FGC -- Frank G Colby Dir. Scientific Affairs at RJ Reynolds -- chief science disinformation operator. He worked extensively in the USA and in Europe. A constant source of gossip and opinion.
FHD -- Frederich H Dulles Regional legal Counsel, PM EEMA; FTR; PMI
GAW -- Gerard A Wirz Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris Europe (Brussels office)
GBL -- George B Leslie PM's main Whitecoat recruiter. ARIA consultant - runs own consultancy business works for TAC and with lawyers C&B; close to Roger Perry.
GCB -- Geoffrey C Bible Australian; CEO and Chairman of Philip Morris Inc. Close to R William Murray and Hamish Maxwell
GD -- Georges Diserens Philip Morris inhouse executive lobbyist. FTR and PM EEMA
GFT -- Geoffrey F Todd BAT Research Center and PR with Cambell-Johnson
GKR -- G Keith Richardson BAT executive; Head of Group Public Affairs, BAT Industries (BATCo)
GNB -- GN Bindler of the R&D of Philip Morris at Neuchatel
GOK -- G Osborn-King Carraras Rothmans & Tobacco Advisory Council (UK) 1983
GSE -- Georg Schepers FTR nicotine researcher
GWM -- GW Moore ?? Carreras Rothmans, TAC
GW -- Geoff Woodman Imperial Tobacco (1987) working with Ray Thornton (BAT PR)
HBG -- Hugh B Grice He ran the Tobacco Advisory Council (UK) for decades. (Don't confuse with Harold Grice of Cantox)
HCM -- Harmon C McAllister B&W; Assoc. Science Director at the CTR
HCR -- Henry C Roemer ("Jack") Assistant General Counsel at RJR
HC -- Hugh Cullman Head of Philip Morris International (nephew of Joe Cullman)
HER -- Helmut Reif FTR division of Philip Morris Europe, in Switzerland
HGA -- Helmut W Gaisch FTR division of Philip Morris Europe, in Switzerland [Using the Swiss-German initial system]
HG -- Helmut W Gaisch Philip Morris's FTR division in Europe

HM -- Hamish Maxwell Philip Morris Group chairman and CEO
HRK -- Horace R Kornegay Tobacco Institute President (ex Congressman)
HR -- Helmut Reif ; Philip Morris Europe and FTR
HSB -- Hugh S Brass lawyer Coward Chance, London; PM EEC Corp. Affairs UK/Brussels; In-house regional legal counsel for PMI's Corporate Affairs in Brussels
HWG -- Helmut W Gaisch (occasionally used - usually HGA) Head of the FTR division of PM in Switzerland
IAM -- Iancou A Marcovitch FTR division of Philip Morris Europe
JAG -- James A Goold ('Jim') Inhouse lawyer with RJ Reynolds USA
JBR -- J Bernard Robinson ('Bernie') Dir. Corp. Affairs PM EEMA; Philip Morris International /Europe
JDB -- J Dudley Backhurst ran the Tobacco Advisory Council (UK); Research Dirctor with BAT??
JFC -- Joseph F Cullman 3rd legendary CEO and Chairman of Philip Morris.
JGR -- James G Ramsey ('Jim') Manager PM USA's Editorial Services; speechwriter for PM execs.
JIG -- J Gygax Helmut Gaisch's secretary at FTR JJJM -- Jerome JJ Mostyn Movie publicist; Ad Mgr in Africa then UK; public relations at BAT; then McCann-Erickson in Latin America
JJM -- Jerome J Moyston marketing mgr for B&W; executive BAT; Public Affairs adviser from Lovell White King PR; publicist in US, UK, Australia Latin America
JK -- James R Kuhlman ('Jim') A PM operator in California
JM -- Janice McDaniel publicist; Philip Morris Corp. Affairs; Worldwide Regulatory Affairs (WRA)
JPR -- John Rupp top tobacco lawyer at Covington & Burling. Primary science recruiter for the tobacco industry.
JPS -- J Paul Sticht Fed. Department Stores; Exec. Chm. at RJR; National Chamber Foundation;
JRC -- James R Cherry ('John') Deputy General Counsel for Lorillard; later VP; worked with TI,TAN, CTR
JVS -- Jacqueline V Smithson Rothmans, convenor of Plain Pack Group. Helped with ARISE scam. INFOTAB
JWO -- JW Osborne Philip Morris scientific staff
JW -- J Watling BAT Public Affairs department under Ely
KGO -- Kenneth G Orloff RJ Reynolds S&H executive
KHO -- KV Holt (unknown position) with FTR
KJW -- Keith J Ware Strategist with Philip Morris EEMA
KNL -- Kathleen Linehan ('Buffy') PM's Government Affairs in Washington, later Europe
KSH -- Kenneth S Houghton Chemist; Technical Director; Dir. R&D PMUSA; Richamond Labs
LS -- Lee Stitzenberger A professional lobbyist and manipulator who worked for the tobacco industry through the Dolphin Group
MAH -- may be Max Hausermann; see MH below. MAM -- Michael A Miles Philip Morris CEO for a time (came from General Foods).Ousted by Maxwell, Murray and Bible.
MAT -- Mary A Taylor Philip Morris PR operator in 1980s
MCB -- Manuel C Bourlas ('Manny') Philip Morris administrator/scientist in Lausanne; Dir R&D PMI; President S&T PMMC.
MDH -- Michael D Horst VP Corporate Affairs for PM EEC in Switzerland, later Brussels
MHC -- MH Chron Jr Scientific adviser at RJR Medical advisor to Frank Colby
MH -- Max Hausermann FTR Neuchatel; Senior Scientst at PM Ribchmond; then Philip Morris VP of R&D; then ran Council for Tobacco Research (CTR)
MJA -- JC Mandiratta FTR division of Philip Morris Europe in Switzerland [Checked correct despite inconsistencies.]
MJL -- Michael Leach BAT Public Affairs Depatment under Ely; Ran the PR Committee of the TAC
MJS -- Michael J Scott ('Mike') BAT UK exec; Middle East Advisory Group, TAC,
MOP -- Mary O Pottorff, ('Mopsy' or 'Popsy') Manager, Corporate Scientific Affairs PMI New York (Married name Mary DeGaetano) Major dissembler.
MPO -- M Polak at FTR MS -- Mark A Serrano S&H Issues for PM USA; Exec VP Operations fo PMI
MWW -- Martin W Whittaker Imperial Tobacco statistician and Secretary of the TAC Scienific Liason Committee.
MW -- Martin W Whittaker Imperial Tobacco statistician
NBC -- Nicholas B Cannar The top executive and Legal lobbyist for British American Tobacco (and B&W)
OCS -- Owen C Smith The Legal counsel in PM's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
PDC -- Paul D Case British-American Tobacco (UK); Ran ETS Working Group of the TAC.
PEM -- Peter Martin Principle Scientist S&T PM EEC; Organiser at FTR in Switzerland
PGS -- Peter G Sparber Tobacco Institute Issues manager/lobbyist - later continued work as an external consultant
PIC -- Pierre Ceschini Administrator at FTR division of PM Europe, Switzerland; PMMC
PI -- Paul Isenring PM corporate manipulator in Lausanne in the 1970s
PMS -- PM Steele Philip Morris UK, Tobacco Advisory Council of the UK 1983
PMS -- Patrick M Sirridge Legal partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon
PMS -- Peter M Schuler VP/General Counsel RJR Int.; S&H executive working from Geneva, Switzerland
PNL -- Peter N Lee Statistical consultant to Tobacco Advisory Council of the UK. Enthusiastic dissembler.
PVO -- P Voncken
Scientist from INBIFO PWK -- Peter WW Kirk Imperial College London (associate of Roger Perry)
PWWK -- Peter WW Kirk Imperial College London (also PWK) assistant to Roger Perry
RAB -- Richard A Brown Philip Morris Companies Corp - personal assistant to Hamish Maxwell 1990
RAC -- Richard A Carchman ('Rich') Philip Morris scientific administrator; VP Worldwide Scientific Affairs.
RAP -- RA Patrick Gallaher
RBS -- Robert B Seligman Dir. Commercial Developments, Philip Morris
RDE -- Ruth Dempsey Staff Scientist, S&T/EEC at FTR Neuchatel
REM -- Roy E Morse RJR research scientist on S&H, also on CTR board.
RET -- Raymond E Thornton ('Ray') BAT UK) Issues Manager/Public Affairs
RE -- Robert LO Ely ('Bob') BAT Public Affairs department
RHB -- Rhenda H Bolin RJ Reynold's literature research scientist
RHT -- Ronald H Thomson Regional VP Europe for PM in Lausanne, Switzerland
RH -- Richard Hines Philip Morris political consultant/writer who also worked for the CIA.
RIT -- Mitchell Ritter FTR Switzerland under Gaisch, making key IARC contacts
RJM -- Richard J Marcotullio RJ Reynolds top level organiser of Whitecoats operations; member of SAWP, etc,
RKK -- Robert K Kaplan ('Bobby') PMI Corporate Affairs in New York.
RLOE -- Robert LO Ely ('Bob') BAT head of the Public Affairs Department 1983 (also RE)
RM -- Roy E Marden Philip Morris's Corporate Relation/Contributions executive in charge of grants to think-tanks, etc.
RP -- Prof. Roger Perry of Imperial College London, ARIA, etc,
RRB -- RR Baker' R&D of BAT -- or possible RR Bodall of Gallagher
RRM -- Ross R Millhiser Vice Chm Philip Morris Inc. in New York +chairman of Tobacco Institute
RSW -- RS Whiting Solicitor for Imperial Tobacco, on the Tobacco Advisory Council (of the UK) 1983. Involved in document destruction meetings; product liability..
RS -- Robert L Suber ('Bob') RJR toxicologist who worked with junk-man Steve Milloy (TASSC) on S&H issues.
RWM -- R William Murray ('Bill') CEO and Chairman of the Philip Morris group and key strategist. One of the troika which ran the company, and to a large extent, the tobacco industry.
RWW -- RWJ Williams Research Director, Carreras Rothmans International; UK TAC
SBW -- Samuel B Witt III Dirty-tricks specialist; Senior legal counsel of RJ Reynolds and V, then outside consultant; also DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council)
SCD -- Steven C Darrah PM EEC; Senior VP Philip Morris USA; exec. lobbyist. He was theoretically Gaisch's superior in Europe
SCP -- Steven C Parrish Lawyer with SH&B, then Philip Morris Europe from 1988, then PM USA Corp. Affairs
SDC -- Samuel D Chilcote President of the Tobacco Institute
SGC -- Stig G Carlson Dir. Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris EEMA-Switzerland. Dissembler.
TBD -- Probably means To Be Determined but often reads as an initial.
TB -- Thomas J Borelli General Foods science lobbyist; then at PM USA in New York; Dir, Legislative Policy & Issues [Top dissembler in company]]
TG -- Anthony G Garrett ('Tony') Chairman of Imperial Tobacco in 1970s
THA -- Thomas F Ahrensfeld Philip Morris Europe and International (legal) + Tobacco Institute
TH -- W Thomas Humber Burson-Marsteller, Tobacco Institute and Philip Morris USA, key operative
TH -- Thomas Hockaday ex-Bush-Quayle aide: Tobacco's top lobbyist working for APCO
TMF -- Timothy M Finnegan Lawyer with Ed Jacobs who held the secret accounts for the tobacco industry.
TSO -- Dr Thomas S Osdene. Philip Morris USA, Chief Scientist and disinfomation executive [Note: Beware - there's a Dr Tso (actual name) in the Dept of Ag.]
TWK -- Timothy W Kidd public relations at BAT
TW -- Tina A Walls Western Regional Mgr Philip Morris New York office (also Europe); also Government Affairs
UHA -- Ulrich Hackenberg Owner/manager of INBIFO sold to Philip Morris
VGN -- Virgo Neilsen ('Chip') Tobacco lawyer at Dobbs & Nielsen in California
WAA -- William A Adams ('Bill') Tobacco Institute VP and administrator
WD -- Wilfried Demback RJR Cologne - involved in ICOSI and other tobacco scams. CECCM manager
WF -- Walter Fink Verband and Philip Morris Europe
WIC -- William Campbell Top executive/strategist at Philip Morris USA (retired as CEO). Later an executive with Citibank.
WJO -- William J O'Connor middle-management. Philip Morris dealing with Smoking & Health
WK -- William Kensler Senior VP at the Tobacco Institute
WRE -- Wolf Reininghaus Tobacco Chemist in Philip Morris's INBIFO office in Europe
WT -- Walter Thoma of President of Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris Europe -EEMA/EEC branches; PMI Corp Affairs
WWS William W Shinn ('Bill') top tobacco lawyer at Shook Hardy & Bacon