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Addiction Incorporated

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In 1994, scientist Victor DeNoble became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry's efforts to manufacture "a maximally addictive" product. Director Charles Evans, Jr., tells his story in the documentary “Addiction Incorporated.” The film opens in New York on December 14 at Film Forum.

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Victor DeNoble and Charles Evans, Jr.
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Comments [5]

Briansd from Florida

This is a real problem. I have many people visiting my blog at http://newlifehabits.com looking for help. Glad there is more awareness even if it does take a celebrity to create the awareness.

Dec. 30 2011 04:30 PM
charmaine from New York

It's interesting how cigarettes keep getting swept under the rug next to other addictive products like illegal drugs and alcohol, and it's still around, still addicting millions of people. It's the silent killer.

Dec. 14 2011 02:38 PM
Ken from Soho

Leonard, you keep referring to the "Federal Drug Administration". There is no such agency. It's called the Food and Drug Administration.

Dec. 14 2011 12:41 PM

Big Tobacco just needs to rebrand themselves as Big Pharma. Call nicotine an anti-depressant, and all the other Big Pharma and AHIP brigade will be falling over themselves to defend nicotine. Obama will obediently prostrate himself before them, as will Congress. Problem created, problem solved.

Dec. 14 2011 12:40 PM
John A.

It's fascinating to hear the discussion being made almost solely on the basis of addiction/addicter as the foe. Yet it seems obvious to me that we live in a very very pro-addiction society, especially when looking away from cigarettes and to over to Gambling, Marijuana, Porn, Computer Games, and onward.

Dec. 14 2011 12:26 PM

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