Mark King

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Mark King PhD was a psychologist specialising in hypnotherapy. He was also promoted as an addiction expert used as a defence witness for the tobacco companies. He was a Psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh 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

1986 Feb 27 The five major lawfirms of the tobacco industry met to discuss the work each was doing to identify the best witnesses on 'Addiction' (their term) to be used when defending tobacco cases or giving evidence at hearings. [Of course they always denied that cigarettes were addictive .. just 'habit forming']

They reviewed evidence that about a dozen of their witnesses had given, and tried to narrow their list down to a few of the best. They said about this witness:

Cris Windham has contacted a number of potential witnesses and has been meeting recently with Mark King, a psychologist who practices hypnotherapy to treat habits such as smoking, obesity and alcoholism, claiming an 80% success rate. [2]

[NOTE: This document would normally be prohibited from release because of lawyer confidentiality. However because this meeting constituted a conspiracy, the court has compelled production]

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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