Chemist Jeffrey Wigand this month will visit Lawrence to clear the air about his involvement in a blockbuster tobacco industry dispute.
Wigand, known for corporate whistle-blowing that was the basis for "The Insider," will be the luncheon speaker Sept. 26 at the Kansas Public Health Assn. conference at Lawrence Holidome.
He'll speak that morning at Central Junior High School about the hazards of tobacco and how tobacco companies seek new customers among the nation's children.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 49,000 Kansas youth will start smoking this year.
Wigand was a chemist with Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. when fired from a position that he thought would lead to development of a less harmful cigarette.
His revelations about the company's knowledge of tobacco as addictive and deadly were a factor in a $240 billion settlement agreement between state attorneys general and the tobacco industry.