Where There's Smoke, There's Money From Big Tobacco Alan Blum, Eric Solberg and Howard Wolinsky, Alan Blum is director of the University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. Eric Solberg is an administrator at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Howard Wolinsky is a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer. This article is based on a commentary in the Jan. 10 edition of the Lancet medical journal.