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  • On April 14, 1994, Representative Henry Waxman (Democrat, California) convened the House Subcommittee on Health to consider more stringent regulation of tobacco products. The top executives of the cigarette companies were subpoenaed to appear at the hearing. Although each executive testified under oath that “nicotine is not addictive,” the publication of internal tobacco industry documents by The New York Times and other newspapers contradicted their sworn statements.
  • Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler also testified that tobacco companies manipulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to maintain smokers’ addiction.
1999 04 01 The New York Times Big tobacco on the run 1

“Big Tobacco, on the Run”

The New York Times
April 1, 1996

1994 04 Tobacco Executives Testifying

Tobacco company executives testify at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment

Wire service photograph
April 1994

2001 07 07 The New York Times A jury awards a smoker with lung cancer 3 billion from Phillip Morris

“A Jury Awards a Smoker With Lung Cancer $3 Billion From Philip Morris”

News article by James Sterngold
The New York Times
June 7, 2001

1999 07 09 The Advocate Tobacco trial goes to jurors

“Tobacco trial goes to jurors”

News article by Christopher Baughman
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
April, 1994

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Herb Block
The Washington Post
May 9, 1997

Ohman Cartoon Content of Cig 1

“What is the content of a cigarette”
What is the content of a cigarette company executive’s testimony?”

Jack Ohman
The Oregonian

Harville Cartoon Nicotine Not Addictive 1

“‘I do not believe that nicotine is addictive…'”

Vic Harville
Stephens Media Group
March 5, 2002

(Likening the testimony of executives of Enron, who oversaw the largest corporate accounting fraud in US history, to that of tobacco industry executives)

1995 Trudeau Animation Cell from Mr. Butts goes to Washington 1

“Mr. Butts Goes to Washington”

Garry Trudeau

Animation cell produced for TV advertisement by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

“Mr. Butts Goes to Washington”

Garry Trudeau

Video clip of television commercial
Massachusetts Department of Public Health and illustrated

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