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Dietrich Hoffmann, Ph.D. was the main biochemist with the American Health Foundation and he served as a Plaintiff's Expert in a number of cases against the industry. His surname appears to be spelled both the German way with two terminating Ns, and the Anglicised way with only one.
He was the research assistant of Ernst Wynder when they were both working through the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) and later he joined Wynder when the pair split away to create the American Health Foundation. Hoffmann ran the AHF laboratory and controlled most of the research work. The AHF studied both specific tobacco and general health issues..
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Deitrich Hoffman eventually was given the title of Associate Director for the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York (circa 1994).
Many of the flavors and other ingredients used in cigarettes (such as cocoa) were also used in processed food, where they came under the general classificiation of GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe), However Dietrich Hoffman, when discussing cigarette ingredients, made the point that "Food is eaten, not burned." He noted that angelica root extract was a known animal carcinogen and should not be used in cigarettes. (WSJ 4/14/94)
He was one of the top authorities on many aspects of smoking. Hoffman also maintained that any nicotine level above two percent of total weight in smokeless tobacco is high, and anything above three percent is "very high."5/5/94. Hoffman has followed the activities of both the tobacco industry and the government since 1958.(New York Times 5/13/94).
- (5/13/94; Wall Street Journal 4/14/94)