Also on the Brad Plumer blog, I read this:
In other cigarette news, it seems like Hillary Clinton’s main political advisor, Mark Penn, has spent a lot of time over the last two decades shilling for Big Tobacco. Now, I don’t think it’s entirely “indefensible” to oppose, say bans on smoking in bars, but it’s more than a little creepy that Penn and Doug Schoen went about helping to create “smoker’s rights” astroturf groups on behalf of RJ Reynolds.
To me, what’s creepiest about this Penn stuff is that Clinton obviously don’t think it’s creepy. She thinks he’s great!