Angelo Cerioli

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Angelo Cerioli was a toxicologist and scientific consultant to Philip Morris in Europe - specifically in Castelleone (near Milan), Italy. He was prominent in a small group (eventually five) professors of medical who worked for the tobacco industry in Italy. He became the coordinator of the group.[1] Generally they worked with other members of the ARIA and IAI group administered by George Leslie in the UK and Helmut Gaisch at FTR in Switzerland [2], but they were under the ultimate control of the Washington DC tobacco lawyers Covington & Burling (C&B)

According to C&B's accounting to Philip Morris via the company's Swiss subsidiary, FTR, Cerioli was paid $61,112 for his services in 1991. [3]


Documents & Timeline

1990 May 25 Helmut Gaisch's FTR Monthly report to Philip Morris says:

HGA [Helmut Gaisch] - A meeting with Dr. Angelo Cerioli of IstoConsult took place in Castelleon, Italy.

Dr. Cerioli has been exploring the possibility of finding suitable experts both in the ETS and general smoking and health fields. One toxicologist who could be of particular interest is Dr. Gaston Vettarazzi (Vettorazzi), who recently opened the International Toxicology Information Centre in San Sebastian, Spain.

Dr. Vettarazzi, a smoker himself, worked as head of the International Programme on Chemical Safety at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also WHO's joint secretary to the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) for sixteen years.

Dr. Vettarazzi, an Italian, is a friend of Dr. Cerioli and already has a working relationship with CORESTA in the field of pesticides. Dr. Cerioli's involvement in various activities in the ETS and smoking and health fields were also discussed. [4]

(Gaisch constantly misspells Gaston Vettorazzi)

1995: Angelo Cerioli was responsible for maintaining contact with the scientists of the International Agency for Research on Cancer regarding the IARC's 1998 ETS (environmental tobacco smoke) monograph.

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 therefor 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:

Dr Angelo Cerioli, Toxicologist. [5]
  • Member Italian Society of Toxicology and Italian Society of Epidemiology. Tobacco laboratory experience with Battelle, Geneva, and Laboratiorie Isoconsult, mainly doing animal experimentation.
  • Used by PM for assessment of Italian scientific publications. Also a member of ARIA.
    [ARIA was the UK-based WhiteCoats front organisation]
  • Current work for PM: General advice on Italian epidemiology. Monthly press summaries on scientific articles. He 'mediates' contacts to project leader Prof Dolara, Florence.
    [The toxicologist Professor Piero Dolara, worked on grants from the tobacco companies but he continued to find evidence which disturbed them. Ceroli may initially have contracted Dolara through his Isoconsult business front.]
    Good personal contacts with Italian epidemiologists who contribute to the IARC study on ETS
    [Every bit of information about the progress of the WHO's IARC study was important. They spent about $10 million on counter-measures and leaked information prior to its release.]
    [He was] Paid $20,000 1997; In 1998 $20,000 for IARC-Related Consulting.
  • Value. Fluent in Italian, English, French and understands German. Very willing to to work for PM; well connected to Italian academics.

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