Tobacco Whistleblower to Address Montana Tech



A former Philip Morris research scientist, who became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry’s secrets about the dangerous health effects of tobacco, will speak on the campus of Montana Tech. Victor DeNoble will present on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building (SUB) of Montana Tech. This one-hour presentation is open to the public.

DeNoble researched nicotine’s effect on the brain in the 1980s before his lab was suddenly shut down by Philip Morris in an effort to keep his discoveries secret. DeNoble’s visit to Butte is one of several he will make in Montana. He will also speak in Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. His tour coincides with a statewide, weeklong campaign sponsored by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP), which kicks off February 21. “Through With Chew and All That’s New,” February 21-25, encourages local activities to raise awareness about nicotine addiction and the variety of dangerous nicotine-containing products the tobacco industry is marketing, particularly to young people.

“The tobacco industry has many new products on the market – all of them harmful,” says Joyce O’Neill, Montana Tech Student Life Counselor. “Nicotine is addictive no matter how it is delivered, and the threat of cancer, heart disease and other potentially fatal illnesses remains a threat with all of these products.”

“I wish the fight against tobacco was over, but it’s not,” says Linda Lee, MTUPP section supervisor. “Tobacco addiction continues to cost our state more than a half billion dollars each year in medical costs and lost productivity, and the tobacco industry continues to market tobacco products to our youth.”

“The new products from the tobacco industry are dangerous and are not a safe alternative to smoking or chewing,” O’Neill added. For more information, call Cricket Pietsch, Student Life Counselor at 406-496-3730 or Joyce O’Neill, Student Life Counselor at 406-496-4429.