Why should a common citizen who gives false testimony be prosecuted by the Law, while Big Tobacco's CEOs have almost total impunity for the same offense?
Publicly the industry has claimed that nicotine is not addictive. But beginning in the early sixties, industry documents show that the tobacco industry believed that nicotine was a drug.
In the late nineties, a number of internal documents reached the public that showed that cigarettes are addictive: “The primary motivation for smoking is to obtain the pharmacological effect of nicotine” – Philip Morris, 1969
In the seventies and eighties, industry researchers studied the addictive properties of nicotine, but their lawyers took control of the result. In 1997, Liggett broke ranks and became the first company to admit that “Smoking is addictive.” Many companies still openly deny that nicotine is addictive.
An industry that is responsible for the production of cigarettes more addictive, distributed around the world, manages to keep both consumers and governments addicted to tobacco.
“Philip Morris began using an ammoniated sheet material in 1965 and increased use of the sheet periodically from 1965 to 1974. This time period corresponds to the dramatic sales increase Philip Morris made from 1965 to 1974.” – RJ Reynolds, 1992, Minn Trial exhibit 13141
Philip Morris was imitated by all the major world cigarettes producers. So, while the “7 Bastards” swore that “Nicotine is not habit forming,” for years they had been selling cigarettes chemically altered to increase nicotine addiction.
“Good Fellas” at Work
April 14, 1994 – Hearing on the Regulation of Tobacco Product. The testimony of the 7 CEOs of Big Tobacco: “Nicotine is not addictive”
Mr. Wyden – “Let me begin my questioning on whether or not nicotine is addictive. Let me ask you first, and i’d like to just go down the row, whether each of you believes that nicotine is not addictive. I heard virtually all of you touch on it. Yes or no, do you believe nicotine is not addictive?”
Mr. Campbell (President of Philip Morris USA) – “I believe nicotine is not addictive, yes.”
Mr. Wyden – “Mr Johnston?”
Mr. Johnston (Chairman and CEO of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company) – “Mr. Congressman, cigarettes and nicotine clearly do not meet the classic definition of addiction. There is no intoxication.”
Mr. Wyden – “Wèll take that as a ‘no’. Again, time is short. I think that each of you believe that nicotine is not addictive. We would just like to have this for the record.”
Mr. Taddeo (President of U.S. Tobacco) – “I don’t believe that nicotine or our products are addictive.”
Mr. Tisch (Chairman and CEO of Lorillard Tobacco Company) – “I believe that nicotine is not addictive.”
Mr. Horrigan (Chairman and CEO of Liggett Group) – “I believe that nicotine is not addictive.”
Mr. Sandefur (Chairman and CEO of Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company) – “I believe that nicotine is not addictive.”
Mr. Donald Johnston (President and CEO of American Tobacco Company) – “And I, too, believe that nicotine is not addictive.”