Edward A. Horrigan, Jr.

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E.A. Horrigan , Jr. testifying before House Subcommittee in 1994, after having testified he did not believe nicotine was addictive.

Edward A. Horrigan, Jr. held several top positions at R.J. Reynolds, Liggett and the Council for Tobacco Research including Director for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1980-1989, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 1979-1983, President 1979-1980, and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 1987-1989.


Edward A. Horrigan was born circa 1930.[1] He graduated from the University of Connecticut. He won a silver star for valor while fighting in the army in Korea [2].

Horrigan joined R.J. Reynolds in the 1970s.[3] He was located at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was on the Executive Committee for the Tobacco Institute in 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1984. He became Chairman of the Tobacco Institute Executive Committee in 1981 and served until 1982. He Served as Director and on the Executive Committee for Council for Tobacco Research in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Edward Horrigan was in charge of domestic tobacco operations at R.J. Reynolds in 1980 after working on the international side for two years. He later became President of the company. He is knowledgeable in both the national and international operations of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.[4] Horrigan was Chairman in 1993 and Chief Executive Officer 1993-1994, Liggett Group Inc.[5].

Horrigan testified before the Waxman Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health and Environment, on April 14, 1994, the famous House hearings at which the Chief Executive Officers of the major American tobacco companies declared that they believed nicotine was not addictive.[6]

Horrigan was chairman of the Executive committee of the Tobacco Institute in 1982. Horrigan made public statement in 1982 that no causal link has been shown between smoking and disease.[7] Around June of 1994, Rouben V. Chakalian was named president and chief executive officer of the Liggett Group Inc., succeeding Edward A. Horrigan Jr. who continued as chairman. Horrigan became chairman and chief Executive officer of the Liggett Group Inc., in May 1993.[8]) Horrigan was chairman of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Horrigan was a member of Frederick Ross Johnson's management group which sought control of R.J. Reynolds. Horrigan was R.J. Reynolds's president and chief operating officer (1983-?). Horrigan was president of R.J. Reynolds's domestic tobacco business in 1983. Horrigan was replaced as president of domestic tobacco by Jerry Long.[9]

Horrigan headed the Buckingham Liquor unit of Northwest Industries.(Barbarians 1990) Horrigan was combative and liked to brag he was born in a three-point stance. Horrigan never smoked in his life. (Barbarians 1990).


  1. Wall Street Journal, June 6, 1994
  2. Burrough, B., Helyar, J. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco 1990
  3. Burrough, B., Helyar, J. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco 1990
  4. Richard Kluger. Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, Knopf; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (July 29, 1997) at p. 513
  5. Horrigan statement, April 14, 1994
  6. Japan Times, Reuter Tobacco Execs Deny Cigarettes are Addictive News article. APril 16, 1994. Bates No. 2048551784
  7. Allman complaint, p. 42
  8. Wall Street Journal, June 6, 1994
  9. Burrough, B., Helyar, J. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco 1990

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