A screening of "Addiction Incorporated," a documentary about the tobacco industry, will be held at 6 p.m. today at Kulana Oiwi in Kaunakakai.
The showing is being held around the annual anti-smoking campaign, the Great American Smokeout, held this year on Thursday.
The documentary has won critical acclaim for throwing a spotlight on the tobacco industry's falsehoods and its attempt to silence the scientist who blew the whistle on the industry and testified before Congress.
The film, which was 15 years in the making, was written and directed by Charles Evans Jr. and produced by Charmaine Parcero. The 1-hour-and-20-minute film tells the story of scientist Victor De Noble, who worked for Philip Morris. His research uncovered the addictive nature of nicotine in cigarettes, for which he was dismissed. Noble would eventually testify before Congress.
This screening is open to the community.
Hosts for the film include the state Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, an independent organization dedicated to reducing tobacco use through education, policy and advocacy. In addition, The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu is holding a special screening for its employees, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is sponsoring a screening for high school students.