Bill Phelps

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

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William R. "Bill" Phelps is a spokesperson for the Altria Group, the parent company of cigarette maker Philip Morris. He has been a company spokesperson since at least 2005.

He and Peggy Roberts represented PM USA Media Affairs on the PM U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) task force which dealt with the The U.S. Government's racketeering case against Big Tobacco.[1]

Bill Phelps argued in a 2005 article in Science magazine that despite the fact that 50 years of tobacco industry-funded research failed to conclude that smoking causes cancer, the industry has "reformed" and that Altria/Philip Morris believes that investing in research is the best way to address the diseases caused by smoking.[2]

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  1. David Sylvia, Philip Morris Fed: DOJ Communications Materials Email. August 15, 2005. 1 page. Bates No. 5000918472
  2. David Grimm Is tobacco research turning over a new leaf? Science magazine. July 1, 2005. 2 pp. Bates No. 534099478/9479