Irving Zeidman

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Dr. Irving Zeidman was a Professor of Pathology, at the University of Pennsylvania He also worked for the tobacco industry as a consultant, and attended Congress to report for them on proceedings of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, and the Labeling and Advertising of Cigarettes.

Throughout the 1970s he was also secretly a tobacco industry lobbyist who was paid by the Council for Tobacco Research (CTR) (the successor to the TIRC ), not in the normal way -- which would have involved scrutiny by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) -- but through the tobacco industry's secret Special Account #4 which was handled by the Ad Hoc Committee of company lawyers. This was to ensure that the scientist/academic remained 'untainted' and could be used as a witness in court cases, or present himself at Congressional or local ordinance hearings as an authority who was 'independent' of tobacco industry influences.


Documents & Timeline

1971 Feb 28 The audit for the CTR's secret Special Account #4 (six months only) shows: Disbursements :-
Consultants' Fees and Expenses :-

Auditing ...................$ 225.00 ........... $17,257.29
Cash in Bank - Feb 28 1971 ........ $54,674.64
[Note: there was also a $500 reimbursement to the Canadian Tobacco Industry for a sum advanced to Dr Rene Cederlof [2]

1983 Aug 31 The CTR Special Project #4 accounts for the six months ending on this date shows:

Dr Zeidman project costing $3,000. [3]



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