WED PM: Schindler Refuses To Say Smoking Causes Disease

January 24, 2005 3:20 pm by Gene Borio

[paraphrased, yes, but close:]

JUDGE KESSLER: Is it your testimony that if you were responding to that bereaved gentleman you would have said that smoking caused disease?

Mr. Schindler: I believe in this letter and the one sent to schoolkids, I would have said cigarettes have significant health risks.

JUDGE KESSLER: Would you have said cause disease?

MR. SCHINDLER: I would have said cigarettes have significant health risks and may cause disease in some people.

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MS. EUBANKS: You said “may cause certain diseases in some people” . . .But you won’t say that cigarette smoking does cause disease?

MR. SCHINDLER My testimony, and what is on our site, says that cigarettes have significant health risks, and may cause some disease in some people.

MS. EUBANKS: Your testimony is not that cigarette smoking causes disease. You will not admit to that on behalf of RJ Reynolds?

MR. SCHINDLER I believe it has significant health risks.

MS. EUBANKS: You will not admit, will you?

MR. SCHINDLER I believe it very well may; in some people.

MS. EUBANKS: Is your position, yes or no: Does cigarette smoking cause disease?

MR. SCHINDLER My answer is that there are significant health risks in this product that may contribute to causing certain diseases.

MS. EUBANKS: Possible, likely, but you don’t say it does, is that right?

MR. SCHINDLER: Yes

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