American Cancer Society National Leaders Screen 'The Insider'; True Story Told in Motion Picture Prompts Anti-Tobacco Outrage
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The national leadership of the American Cancer Society, the nation's leading voluntary health agency, today reacted with outrage to the events portrayed in the new motion picture ``The Insider''. ``The Insider'', which
``It is incredible to think that the events portrayed in this film are based on a true story,'' said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., national chief executive officer of the two million member society. ``Big Tobacco has a forty year history of lies, deceit and sinister business practices when it comes to full disclosure about the health risks associated with smoking.''
National volunteer and staff leadership of the American Cancer Society were able to screen the film in the midst of their annual National Assembly meeting in New Orleans.
``As partners in the public health movement nationwide, the American Cancer Society urges concerned citizens everywhere to see firsthand for themselves the secret truth about this industry and its tactics,'' said John R. Kelly, Ph.D., incoming national chairman of the board of the society. ``We are pleased that Hollywood and the compelling medium of film can help us reach the American people with the whole story about an industry and its attempts to manipulate the public.''
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