Quote – Bowman Gray Jr., chairman of R. J. Reynolds’ board.

These bills, if enacted, will have a profound impact upon this great industry. Unwise legislation in this field could produce repercussions which would be felt throughout the country’s economy. I am confident that the Congress will exercise great care before taking any action which would seriously disrupt this important industry….We are strongly opposed to these bills. We do not believe that any governmental action is necessary or called for with respect to cigarette advertising or labeling.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearings “Cigarette Labeling and Advertising, Part 1”. From Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris. Knoph: New York. 1996. Page 289.

Wednesday, March 24, 1965