James Earl Carter, Jr.

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James Earl Carter, Jr. (Jimmy Carter), born October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia, "was the 39th (1977 - 1981) President of the United States. Since leaving office, he is active in international public policy and conflict resolution. He is also an author and winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize." [1]



This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Positions on tobacco issues

On October 12, 1976, as a candidate for President, Jimmy Carter said about the tobacco price stabilization policy, "I personally see no need to do away with a program that costs the government next to nothing, while enabling so many hard working, families to earn a living!"[1](at page 11)

The following passage indicating pro-tobacco attitudes by Mr. Carter was noted in an undated Brown & Williamson Issues, Answers Actions manual, (presumably uased an internal resource manual for company employees):

President Jimmy Carter told tobacco audiences during his campaign that he believes the American people have been warned enough about smoking,and that in the absence of new medical findings no new warning programs are warranted. In 1977, President Carter declared April "Cancer Control

Month." At that time, he stated that the fight against cancer depends upon the willingness of people to alter their habits, including smoking. Subsequent to the announcement of the massive anti-smoking program by HEW [the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare], President Carter said that he does not believe it is the responsibility of HEW to tell a particular American whether to smoke, but that it is HEW's job to educate the public about the dangers of cigarette smoking. The press asked President Carter if he would set national example by asking his staff to quit smoking, but he firmly declined.[2]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Georgia superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, James Earl Carter, Jr., as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Jimmy Carter, USA Presidents, accessed May 2008.
  2. Board, Millennium Promise, accessed April 7, 2011.
  3. About, The Elders, accessed February 10, 2011.
  4. All Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Nobel Prize, accessed September 17, 2007.
  5. Council of Advisors, World Food Prize, accessed December 9, 2007.
  6. Advisors, Reebok Human Rights Foundation, accessed January 21, 2008.
  7. Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education People, organizational web page, accessed April 29, 2012.
  8. Board, Alaska Conservation Foundation, accessed February 18, 2008.
  9. Directors, Academy of Political Science, accessed April 15, 2008.
  10. Honorary Board, Albert Schweitzer Institute, accessed November 17, 2008.
  11. Founding Members, Earth Council Alliance, accessed December 18, 2009.
  12. International Board of Governors, Peres Center for Peace, accessed February 19, 2010.
  13. Directors, Alaska Wilderness League, accessed June 16, 2010.
  14. Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award, Baptist World Alliance, accessed January 31, 2009.

Profiles & addresses

Articles & commentary

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