Blau, Theodore H., Ph.D.(Addiction Psychologist, U.S. Government, Industry Expert) Defense
Theodore Blau is an Expert on "Addiction". He gave a deposition for the Cipollone v. Liggett, et al case that was 318 pgs on 1/2/88. (PMI's Revised Initial Disclosure, June 27, 1996) Blau is a tobacco industry consultant who has testified repeatedly in the U.S. Congress that "the smoking of tobacco is a habit not an addiction (Tobacco Control 1992). Appeared for TI before House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment re: Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction, regarding regulation of RJR's "smokeless" cigarette 7/29/88. Blau was a CTR Special Projects Researcher. (N.M. Tobacco Companies Personnel List) Dr. Blau specializes in clinical child psychology and is a past president of the American Psychological Association. In early 1980s, he received tobacco industry funding to analyze and evaluate literature on the "tobacco habit," according to internal documents from BAT Industries, PLC's Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. He has testified often at Congressional hearings that smoking is a habit. In 1991, Dr. Blau told a Senate committee that while an addictive drug causes intoxication, smokers "are always able to reason without interference from their habit." He also testified that "people who believe that smoking is an addiction are less likely to quit than people who believe that smoking is a habit." Dr. Blau, 67, has run smoking-cessation classes for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. He has testified that when he quit smoking after 24 years, he didn't suffer the kinds of cravings seen in alcohol rehabilitation. (Tobacco Dream Team: Expert Who Insist Nicotine Isn't Addictive, WSJ 3/23/95)
SynonymsBlau, Theodore H., Ph.D.
Blau, Theodore Ph.D.