THU AM: Dr. Eriksen Takes the Stand

January 27, 2005 1:05 pm by Gene Borio

Dr. Michael Eriksen took the stand this morning, and was examined on his written direct testimony by DOJ lawyer Elizabeth Crocker.

A number of DOJ demonstratives looked at cigarette consumption over the last 100 years and various aspects of youth smoking.

A series of demonstratives dealt with the infeasibility and unethicalness of performing a study that would definitively determine if marketing caused youth smoking initiation. However, there are peer-reviewed studies in the scientific literature that address youth smoking initiation issues such as:

Awareness and recognition
Favorable Attitudes
Specific Intentions
Actual behaviors.

When we return from lunch, Dr. Eriksen, the former head of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (1992-2000), will be cross-examined by B&W attorney David Bernick, always a fierce examiner on scientific issues.

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