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WHY DID THEY LIE ABOUT IT? The Anti-smoking campaign.

Clearly, the ubiquitous rumor that “This has nothing to do with the Mormons; it is everywhere” came from Mormons. A rumor from Gentiles would have been “Another Mormon scheme--a plot to eradicate smoking because so many of them can’t resist the lure of ciggies.” Prohibitions and punishments comprise the adhesive that holds The Church together. Even so, many fall out of the fold. (A fold is a sheep pen.) The attempt to eradicate smoking mimics the on-going battle to banish alcoholic drinks.

But the creation of the rumor (that I allege) is not the entire “Mormon lie complex”. Withholding information is not “lying” but the purpose and the effect are the same. So, it wasn’t until years after the Crusade Against Smoking began, that a proud announcement appeared (November 20,1997) in The Salt Lake Tribune (then the Siamese twin--though kicking--of the then Deseret News):

Dr. John Holbrook, “Utah internist” was “consultant on smoking to the U.S. surgeon general [sic] for nearly twenty years”. He “has been an opponent of the tobacco industry for 27 years”. He has been an expert witness repeatedly, and tobacco industry lawyers have challenged his credibility because of “his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”.

“ ‘Do I have strong feelings about this?’ Holbrook asks. ‘You bet I do’...” he said, according to The Tribune.

Was there an outcry when this Great Revelation appeared? Probably, but how could you tell? All information is subject to censorship in Salt Lake City, Utah (in fact, in Utah) and the censors do not often miss. There is no longer a Fairness Doctrine mandating that electronic media present the several viewpoints on controversies--it was pummeled out of existence after it proved to be needed. Thus, absent the requirement, there is no fairness. I suspect that the Dr. John Holbrook story was placed intentionally, and was not a slip of censorship. If so, it was for reasons I did not and do not know. Nor speculate about. Yet.

Another hint of Mormon instigation is in a death report on Rosel H. Hyde, one-time Chairman of The Federal Communications Commission: “He was the prohibition of cigarette advertising over broadcast stations.” (The Salt Lake Tribune, December 22, 1992, p. B-4.)

Ethel C. Hale