APCO Associates is one of the four PR companies used by Philip Morris International (PMI) in a PR plan adopted in autumn 2009 to defeat the display ban in Ireland and to delay its passage through the UK parliament. It intended to do this through third parties such as retailers' associations, which the company labelled “trade stakeholders", or Members of Parliament, called "political stakeholders". The other three PR companies were Gardant Communications, Transatlantic Public Affairs and iNHouse Communications.
- See the page on Philip Morris' PR Campaign Against the Display Ban.
Historical Links with the Tobacco Industry
From 1993 to 1994, PM and APCO Associates worked to launch The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), a "grassroots" organisation advocating "sound science" in policy decision making. However, these plans changed because potential European members preferred to be independent from any corporate sponsors. Writing in the Lancet in 2000, Elisa Ong and Stanton Glantz suggested that the outcome appears to have been the European Science and Environment Forum (ESEF).
- See the page on European Science and Environment Forum.
- Elisa Ong and Stanton Glantz, "Tobacco industry efforts subverting International Agency for Research on Cancer's second-hand smoke study", The Lancet, Volume 355, 8 April 2000, accessed September 2011