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Business Council on Indoor Air
(BCIA) The Tobacco Institute set up the Business Council on Indoor Air as a front operation to promote the idea that environmental tobacco smoke was not a real problem in air-conditioned offices.
Peter Sparber, who was a public relations and lobbying executive at the Tobacco Institute left their employ to set up his own company, Sparber & Associates, in the late 1980s or perhaps 1990. He was given the responsibility of looking after the BCIA, and in 1991 he was being paid a fee of $125,000 for this work. In 1992 the budget increased to $145,000.
The nominal head of the organisation was Dr Paul Cammer who had been previously employed by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) — a subdivision of the Chemical Manufacturer's Association (CMA), which also handled the American Industrial Health Association (AIHA) lobby group. Before joining SOCMA, Cammer had been a toxicologist and project manager at the EPA for five years.