Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

May 03, 2004

Joseph F. Cullman III, 92, the Philip Morris executive who became the cigarette industry's chief defender against the anti-tobacco movement, died Friday at a New York City hospital.

Mr. Cullman, who smoked for many years but eventually quit, retired as chairman and chief executive in 1978, but for years remained as chairman emeritus, lobbying legislators and defending cigarettes at congressional hearings.

In 1971, when the government banned cigarette advertising on television, he said in an interview: "I do not believe that cigarettes are hazardous to one's health." In response to a question about a study that found smoking mothers gave birth to smaller babies than nonsmoking mothers, he said: "Some women would prefer having smaller babies."

He had been president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame since 1982.

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