Rendez-vous 166 - May 7, 2007
Thank you Bode for taking the time to answer my questions. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Akinbode Oluwafemi:My name is Akinbode Oluwafemi. I am the Programme Manager of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria,
Nigeria's foremost environmental campaign group. For over seven years,
I have been involved in tobacco control activities both at the national
and international levels.
I just read about ERA filing a lawsuit with the Lagos State government
against BAT, Philip Morris International and the Tobacco Institute for
"negligence, public nuisance, liability, conspiracy to commit
actionable wrongs" and asking for $21 billion in compensation.
This rendez-vous took place during the 2002 national tobacco control
in San Francisco. I want to thank the press service of the conference
and the San Francisco Tobacco Free project that made it possible.
Phillip Karugaba is Spokeperson for TEAN, The Environmental Action Network
Thank you Phillip for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Phillip Karugaba: I am the spokeperson for TEAN, The Environmental
Action Network, a public interest group that was created in 2000 in
Kampala. I am an attorney with an independent practice and a law
professor at Makerere University in Kampala.
This rendez-vous took place during the 2002 national tobacco control conference
in San Francisco. I want to thank the press service of the conference that made it possible.
Mike Moore is Attorney General for the state of Mississipi Jackson, Mississipi
Thank you Mike for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Mike Moore: I have spent 25 years in the public service, 15 years as
Attorney General for the state of Mississipi. I was always concerned
with the problems related with alcool and illegal drugs. When I came to
realize tobacco was the number one cause of death in our country I felt
compelled to do something about it and I still do.
About the 18th conference organized by the Tobacco Products Liability
Dick is Chairman of the Tobacco Products Liability Project Northeastern
University School of Law
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Thank you Dick for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
Richard Daynard: I grew up in New York, went to Columbia College
and Harvard Law School. Then I clerked for a federal appeals court
judge in New York for a year. The following year I was a teaching
fellow at Columbia Law School, and got a masters in Sociology.
Thank you Cliff for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself?
My first official day in tobacco control was Leap
Day 1988. That is the day I started work in Washington, DC, as
assistant director of the national Coalition on Smoking OR Health,
whose director was Matt Myers. I had decided sometime before then that
I would leave the traditional practice of law and devote myself to
public interest advocacy.
Nota: I met with Mahamane Cisse during the 11th world
conference on Tobacco or Health in Chicago. A slightly different
version of this interview was published in the daily journal of the
conference (in the August 10th issue).
Thank you Mahamane for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
I am an attorney in Bamako (Mali) and the
President of a young non-governmental anti-tobacco organization, SOS
Tabagisme. I recently filed two lawsuits against the local BAT
subsidiary for illegal advertising.
Thank you Jim for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself?
My name is James Repace. I am a physicist (MSc) who worked in nuclear
medicine for 1-1/2 years at 2 New York hospitals in the early 1960's,
in solid state physics at RCA's Sarnoff Laboratory in Princeton, New
Jersey, for 3 years in the mid-to-late 1960's, in nuclear physics
applied to oceanography in the early 1970's, and in solid state
electronics applied to making radiation-resistant electronic devices at
the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC in the
Thank you Professor for accepting our "rendez-vous" . May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
I am an oncologist. I was the director of the Institut Gustave Roussy
which is the largest cancer hospital and research center in continental
Europe.I am now retired but am the President of the French Alliance for