Is That Smoke, Or Do I Smell a Rat?

Two scientists say their research was snuffed out by Philip Morris

This is a tale of rats and men. First the House committee hearings on the effects of smoking saw a procession of tobacco-industry executives standing shoulder to shoulder, swearing up and down that their products are not addictive. Then, last week, the laboratory rats testified otherwise -- by way of two researchers, Victor DeNoble and Paul Mele. Before the committee, the duo outlined years of secretive addiction experiments done at the behest of Philip Morris in the 1980s, work that was later allegedly suppressed.

In 1980 DeNoble and Mele were hired to find a substitute for nicotine that would have a...

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