Wigand talked to the media about the tobacco industry but also became a critically important source for the attorneys general Medicaid cases, the FDA and the Justice Department. He was able to bring industry documents to life and provide an insider's perspective on manipulation of nicotine and other complicated issues.
Contribution to the Deal
Wigand met secretly with Dr. David Kessler of the FDA and explained to him how nicotine was chemically altered to make it stronger. His deposition for the attorneys general Medicaid cases was the single most important evidence that would emerge from within the industry.
Wigand was freed from tobacco industry lawsuits when the June 20,1997 agreement was reached. He has maintained that his primary goal has been to get to the truth and to share with the American public evidence about the tobacco industry's past lies.
Jeffrey Wigand, a Ph.D. in Biochemestry, was a Vice President of Research for Brown & Williamson Tobacco. After being fired from the company, he began talking to CBS News "60 Minutes." He was sued by Brown & Williamson, and his personal life fell apart. Wigand became a high school science teacher, and he stands as the highest level whistleblower ever to emerge from within the tobacco industry.
Affiliations: Tobacco industry
Cards they hold (issues):Cards: Internal information from the Industry | Support of Dick Scruggs and Mike Moore Tobacco Whistleblower, Brown & Williamson Tobacco
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