Rubin Bressler

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Rubin Bressler, M.D. was an addiction expert used as a defence witness for the tobacco companies. He was a Pharmacologist at the University of Arizona who worked for the Tobacco Industry as an 'addiction witness' for a short time. He was not a significant tobacco industry helpers.

Documents and Timeline

1988 June The House of Representatives was considering two bills: HR 3294 - the Whittaker bill to "Restrict the Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors" and HR 4793 the Slattery Amendment to the "Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act" required them to state that nicotine is addictive. A Tobacco Institute document "Witness/Consultant Inventory" (which had been cleared by John Rupp of Covington & Burling) says:

"This memorandum provides an inventory of the witnesses and consultants who currently are available to the industry on major legislative and regulatory issues.

Addiction Warnings (HR 4793 - Slattery, HR 3294 - Whittaker)
Litigating counsel have identified the following potential witnesses in this area. All contact would be made through litigating counsel.

  • Theodore Blau, Ph.D., Psychologist, Tampa, Fla.
  • Rubin Bressler, M.D., Pharmacologist, Univ. of Arizona
  • A. James Giannini, M.D., Pharmacologist and Psychiatrist, Northeastern Ohio Univ.
  • Mark King, Ph.D., Psychologist, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • J.N. Stubblebine, M.D., Psychiatrist and Neurologist, Greenbrae, Cal.



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