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Joseph F. Cullman III

Joseph F. Cullman IIIAKA Joseph Frederick Cullman III

Born: 9-Apr-1912
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 30-Apr-2004
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of Philip Morris, 1957-78

Defender of the tobacco industry, and of smoking, Cullman is well-known for stating categorically "I do not believe that cigarettes are hazardous to one's health," which he said in a 1971 interview, after the TV tobacco advertising ban had begun. When confronted on Face The Nation with a study that smoking results in smaller babies, Cullman's tactless response was "I would say that I did read that report, and I concluded from that report that it's true that babies born from women who smoke are smaller, but they are just as healthy as the babies born to women who do not smoke. Some women would prefer having smaller babies." A tennis aficionado, Cullman served as International Tennis Hall of Fame chairman 1985-88 and as U.S. Open Chairman 1969-70.

Brother: Lewis
Brother: Edgar
Wife: Susan Lehman (1st, m. 1935, div. 1974)
Daughter: Dorothy
Wife: Joan Paley Straus (2nd, div., then married again, d. Mar-2004)

    Philip Morris CEO (1957-78)
    Bill Bradley for President
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Dean for America
    Friends of Hillary
    George W. Bush for President
    Kay Bailey Hutchison for Senate
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    New Republican Majority Fund
    Rely on Your Beliefs Fund
    International Tennis Hall of Fame 1990
    Risk Factors: Smoking

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