Lobbyist records were obtained by visiting the lobbying registration websites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). These public records were searched for tobacco companies, tobacco industry trade associations, and tobacco retailers currently employing lobbyists or lobbying firms.
Keywords searched included Altria, Philip Morris, RAI, Reynolds American, RJR, Juul, Swisher, SI, Swedish, cigar, tobacco, vape, vaping, vapor, and others suggested by state or local partners to identify tobacco industry activity in their respective states.
For each lobbyist principal identified, the names of all lobbyists/lobbying firms registered to represent them were tabulated. Because lobbyists/lobbying firms sometimes register to represent more than one tobacco company, trade association or retailer, total registrations were also tabulated. Online links to the lobbying registration sites for each state were cited.
Lobbying firms often employ multiple lobbyists. For some states, we were unable to determine from online records how many lobbyists within lobbying firms perform work on behalf of a tobacco company, association, or outlet. Therefore, the actual number of tobacco industry lobbyists in these states is likely much greater than these data suggest.