Cancer Converts Tobacco Lobbyist: Victor L. Crawford Goes On the Record

Andrew A. Skolnick
JAMA. 1995;274(3):199-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530030021007.
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SHAKESPEARE said it in Julius Caesar: "The evil that men do lives after them / The good is oft interred with their bones." Oft, but not always. Sometimes someone who does what many view as wrong has both the time and inclination to make amends.

Victor Crawford does not have much time—he is dying of T2, N2c squamous cell stage IV carcinoma of the base of the tongue with pulmonary and bone metastases—but he does have the inclination to undo much of the harm he says he believes he caused as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry.

Crawford, an attorney and retired Maryland state legislator who lives in Rockville, Md, worked as a contractual lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute during the late 1980s. He did it for the money, he says, although it wasn't very much. He estimates that he made at least $20 000 during the 6 years he helped


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