David Eugene Townsend

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David Eugene Townsend, Ph.D. was an R.J. Reynolds Chemist and is considered an Industry Expert). He had the responsibility of product development, analytical chemistry research, and analytical chemistry routine support.


A 19-year veteran of research and development at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, Mr. Townsend testified at the Rogers trial in Indiana regarding cigarette design and health risks associated with smoking. "When asked on cross-examination whether he believed smoking causes cancer or whether cigarettes are addictive, R.J. Reynolds's Townsend waffled, drawing a rebuke from Marion Superior Court Judge Kenneth H. Johnson. "I don't know what your problem is, " the judge snapped. "Would you answer the question?" Mr. Townsend finally replied that he did not believe smoking causes cancer.

He was used as an expert in the Mississippi case.

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