Blue Star Strategies

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Blue Star Strategies is a public affairs consultancy headquartered in Washington, and with offices in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Paris and Vienna.1

Image 1: Blue Star Strategies Clients (screengrab taken from, November 2018

Image 2: Fontem Ventures Testimonial about Blue Star Strategies services (screengrab taken from, November 2018

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Fontem Ventures, a wholly-owned Dutch subsidiary of multinational tobacco company Imperial Brands (previously Imperial Tobacco), has been a client of Blue Star Strategies since 4 November 2016 (see Image 1).23
Imperial Brands created Fontem Ventures to develop and market its newer nicotine and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes (also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS) and heated tobacco products.

Lobbied US Government

Fontem Ventures has been actively seeking to influence e-cigarette regulations worldwide. On its behalf, Blue Star Strategies has been lobbying members of the United States (US) House of Representatives to influence the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).456 The FDA was given the authority to regulate e-cigarettes in August 2016.
A testimonial on Blue Star Strategy’s website from Marc Michelsen, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs at Fontem Ventures, states that Blue Star Strategies played a “fundamental” role in driving Fontem’s corporate affairs strategy in the US (see image 2).7

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  1. Blue Star Strategies, Where we work, undated, accessed November 2018
  2. Blue Star Strategies, Our Clients, undated, accessed November 2018
  3. Blue Star Strategies, Lobbying Registration, 13 December 2016, accessed November 2018
  4. Blue Star Strategies, Lobbying Report Year 2016 Q4, 25 January 2017, accessed November 2018
  5. Blue Star Strategies, Lobbying Report Year 2017 Q2, 14 August 2017, accessed November 2018
  6. Blue Star Strategies, Lobbying Report Year 2018 Q4, 22 October 2018, accessed November 2018
  7. Blue Star Strategies, Testimonials, undated, accessed November 2018