John Downey Slade (1949-2002) was an epidemiologist who studied tobacco products and their effects on health. In March of
1994, at a meeting of a subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, he brought
what the New York Times called "a beaker of tobacco extract" to dramatize his testimony about the chemistry of tobacco substances.
Co-editor of the clinical textbook
Nicotine addiction: principles and management (1993), Slade was also a member of the team that analyzed the Brown and Williamson Collection and a co-author of
The Cigarette Papers, the published study resulting from that analysis. Slade's work in the fields of tobacco control and the clinical treatment
of tobacco addiction was recognized by numerous organizations that honored him with awards, including Emory University, the
American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the German Medical Association. Starting in 1994 he was listed in The Best Doctors
in America. He founded Trinkets & Trash Services with a mission to collect samples and representations of tobacco-industry
promotional materials and furnish them to public health services, attorneys, press, tobacco-control advocates, and others
for educational purposes. From these samples and photographs taken of billboards and other advertisements, Slade produced
a circulating slide collection for use in presentations.
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