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(aka Liza and Osbourne)
— A Tobacco Institute coordinator in charge of economic, then later fire-safety projects. — She operated the Tobacco Institute's fire program, which essentially consisted of giving largesse to certain major city Fire Chiefs and their divisions. The Tobacco Institute also provided them with junkets, and conferences — and generally made friends with them by making them feel important through support of various sponsored programs and fire-fighters charitable groups.
One major part ot this operation was conducted through an Arlington VA firm, TriData run by Philip S Schaenman.
It was important to the tobacco industry not to have the fire-fighters attacking them when cigarettes caused a majority of the fires that they had to put out.
Some key documents
The archives of the Tobacco Institute - has 700 odd documents alone.
1985 Jan 28: Susan M Stuntz memo:
Lisa Osborne, native Washingtonian and 1984 journalism graduate of Marquette University, joins the public relations division today as project coordinator.
A former summer intern at WRC-TV, Lisa most recently has been a regional contact coordinator for PrideMark Mid-Atlantic, acting as liaison between headquarters and agents in the field.
1985 Apr 10: She is working with Walter Merryman and Peter Sparber on the "economic impact of the tobacco industry"
1985 May 31: Bill Kloepfer advises Sam Chilcote that he is submitting the Chase Econometrics Promotion Plan to the Communications Committee for comment. This is an attempt to persuade journalists to view the tobacco industry as important to the US Economy.
Our earlier economic studies, prepared by the Wharton Applied ResearchtCenter, were promoted broadly to the tobacco industry's closest allies, public officials and the general public, especially in tobacco states.
There were two predictable but harmful criticisms of the study — that the industry was equating dollars and deaths, and that the studies failed to measure asserted "social costs" of smoking.
This year, Chase Econometrics studied the impact of the nation's tcbacoo industry en the U.S. economy with special emphasis on employment, compensation, ta:: payments and import purchases for the nation....
The plan [for promoting the study, due in July] was prepared by Lisa Osborne
1986 /E: She is a participant in one of the TI's Tobacco College
Introduction - Lisa Osborne
Lisa Osborne manages The Tobacco Institute's fire prevention program. In addition to coordinating the selection, production and distribution of grants and public education materials made available through TI's program, Lisa serves as a liaison between the Institute and the fire service and other interested parties, promoting the industry's position on accidental fires caused by careless smoking and the Institute's commitment to public education as a means of addressing this problem.
Lisa also is active in TI's corporate relations and hospitality industry public smoking programs, as well as various coalition efforts with special interest groups.
1986 Sep: The industry's Technical Study Group was federally mandate to investigate the feasibility of the self-extinguishing cigarette. It's next meeting was January and it was then expected to finish the report by June 1987.
1987: Mar/E The Technical Study Group activities come under Osborne/s primary responsiblities. This report notes:
The group is expected to complete its final report, in draft, in June 1987. The report will go to Congress in October, with final policy recommendations due by the end of December.
In January, we stepped up our efforts to raise the visibility of TI's fire safety program.
- We outlined TI's fire prevention program for readers of the National Fire Protection Association's newsletter for public educators, at NFPA's request.
- Staff completed work (editing, typesetting and design) on the Monroe County (NY) fire safety education curriculum for grades K-3.
- TriData began publicizing results of its study of barriers to U.S. public fire education with an article in January's Fire Chief magazine and a presentation to the Washington State Public Fire Educators Conference.
1987 Aug 12: She is also involved in the TI's restaurant and general hospitality projects.
1987 July 6: A letter from the DC Fire Department sending a newsletter and some examples of posters on fire safety:
Thanks again for your visionary leadership in the area of public fire and burn safety education within our Nations Capitol.
1987 Oct 21: She is dealing with TriData, the Philip Schaenman company that did most of the work with the Metropolitian Fire Chiefs, etc. [Accidental Fire Issue ... FireCare project]
["Overcoming Barriers" is a Tobacco Institute booklet "Overcoming Barriers to Public Fire Education." which was widely distributed to prove to the policiians and public that the tobacco industry was concerned about how the careless use of cigarettes cause death and destruction.
Bremerton Fire Department's Public Educator Lori Jones says " "They are wonderful, enlightening books and are helping our Department tremendously"" [Quit Smoking booklets would have helped even more!]
1987 Dec 14: They have managed to get the New York Fire Chiefs to drop the "fire-safe cigarette issue" from their legislative program.
1988 Jan: Lisa Osborne's "Accidental Fire Issue" Report to TI.
In January TI staff began planning its federal and state legislative strategy in response to last month's release of the Interagency Committee's (IAC) recommendations on the "self-extinguishing" cigarette issue. Meanwhile, The Institute continued efforts to raise the visibility of TI's fire prevention program with fireservice leaders in the public and private sector. Page 16
1988 Jan 18: She has received a letter of thanks from Fay Communications Inc. for TI sponsorship of a broadcast for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.
They are helping the TI put together one- and three-minute "infomercials" to show the world that cigarette manufacturers care about all the needless deaths caused by fire-ignition in furniture, bedding and the dry countryside.
1988 May 19: TriData report by Philip S Schaenman about Metro Fire Chief Conference he and Lisa Osborne attended.
"Lisa Osborne was publicly acknowledged at the meeting for managing the Tobacco Institute's fire program. Chief John Stewart of Hartford, Chairman of the Metro Chiefs, had planned to present her with a chief's helmet on behalf of his city, for which he got permission from the city council. But at the meeting, some Metro board members felt the presentation should be broadened to be from the Metro Chiefs.
A couple of chiefs opposed the presentation on the grounds that they had not received grants, but with the implication of not wanting to praise TI. The majority were very positive, and the majority vote decided. None of this was said publicly, and Lisa and the TI program were acknowledged on behalf of the Metro Chiefs — a very unusual kudo for a non-fire organization."