Google-Fu Failure
September 7, 2012 8:04 AM   Subscribe

I need some help finding a story I heard on NPR(?) about a man that found that curing tobacco in a certain way can reduce the hydrocarbons in it.

I need help finding a story that I heard on NPR some time ago. Here are the details that I remember.

It was about man that figured out that the way you cure tobacco has a direct effect on the amount of hydrocarbons in the finished product.

He designed and manufactured these large low heat dryers to cure it.

He was ultimately sued by big tobacco in a patent dispute putting him out of business.
posted by CoinOp to Science & Nature (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Jonnie Williams and Star Cure?
posted by zamboni at 8:50 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

That would be my guess as well, though it should be noted that StarScientific is not out of business. They're still cranking out tobacco-based products.
posted by dephlogisticated at 9:27 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

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