BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo alumnus and tobacco
industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand will be at UB to talk about
his experience with the tobacco industry at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March
28th, in 125 Kimball on the South Campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Wigand, who was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 1999 film,
“The Insider,” gained national fame as a tobacco
industry whistleblower on Feb. 4, 1996, when he was interviewed for
the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” During that
interview, Wigand said that Brown & Williamson had
intentionally manipulated its tobacco blend to increase the amount
of nicotine in cigarette smoke.
In court and in the Wall Street Journal as well, Wigand
disclosed how the tobacco companies had conducted extensive
campaigns to conceal from the public their knowledge that cigarette
smoking was highly addictive and caused lung cancer.
Gary Giovino, professor, chair of the Department of Community
Health and Health Behaviors, will host the presentation. Giovino's
work has focused on surveillance of tobacco use and tobacco
dependence among youth and adults in the United States and around
Wigand will also be in Buffalo to receive a distinguished alumni
award through the UB Alumni Association on March 28th -Friday
evening. (Wigand holds three degrees from the University at
Buffalo: a BS in chemistry and an MS and PhD in biochemistry
through the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Roswell
Park Cancer Institute.)
Sara Saldi will be available on site at: