Jeffrey S. Wigand

Lecturer, Expert Witness, and Consultant on Tobacco Issues

Dr. Jeffrey S. Wigand is a lecturer, expert witness, and consultant on various tobacco issues. He was the former vice president of research & development at Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation before he became a whistleblower on the tobacco industry.  

Prior to working for Brown & Williamson, Wigand worked at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. In addition, he was employed as general manager and marketing director at Union Carbide in Japan, and as senior vice president at Technicon Instruments.

Wigand worked at Brown & Williamson from 1989 to 1993. He became a whistleblower in 1996 when he appeared on 60 Minutes and stated that Brown & Williamson manipulated its product to increase the amount of nicotine in its cigarettes.

Wigant also worked as a high school chemistry teacher in Kentucky and formed the non-profit organization Smoke-Free Kids.

He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 1999 film The Insider directed by Michael Mann.

Last Updated: July 9, 2017