FRONTLINE told the story of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler’s bold attempt to regulate the tobacco industry — which had defied regulation for more than thirty years. (Aired 1995)
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The documentary details the FDA’s efforts to prove that cigarette manufacturers were manipulating nicotine in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked and examines the political headwinds the FDA faced at the time.
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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.
Prologue - 00:00
FDA Makes a Case to Regulate Nicotine in Tobacco Like a Drug In 1994 - 00:45
Why Is It So Hard to Quit Smoking Cigarettes? - 09:57
FDA Commissioner Takes On the Tobacco Industry and Nicotine - 18:15
What Did the Tobacco Industry Know About Nicotine’s Addictive Properties nd When? - 26:40
Lawsuits Against the Tobacco Industry Begin After 1994 - 40:14
FDA Tackles the Issue of Children Smoking - 45:20
Credits - 53:50