In his latest video on “Smoking in the Philippines” from The Big Lead’s “The Most Dangerous Podcast”, former DEA agent and whistleblower Christopher Kroll explains how he used the devices he used to smoke in the country as part of his “specialist’s training” to help others quit.
Kroll was caught using a device in his backpack to inhale the smoke from a cigarette when he was on assignment in the Philippine government-run health system, and in an interview with Breitbart News, he shared his story of how he became a “specialists trainer” for the DEA.
In an excerpt from his video, Kroll discusses how he started training in the health system in the late 1970s to help other people quit smoking.
The DEA was trying to get rid of smokers in the U.S., and they wanted someone to train in the government-supported health system.
That’s when I decided to join them,” Kroll said.”
My mission was to train and advise other people to quit, and so I did.
My goal was to help people quit.
And, in a way, I helped people quit.
“Kroll said the training was grueling, and he was told by some people, “If you quit, you’re not a real professional.
You’re a drug addict.
And then we could go back in. “
We’d have a couple of hours to work on what we were learning, and then we’d take it off the table for a couple more weeks, and go back to it.
And then we could go back in.
It wasn’t a very structured way of doing it.”
And then they told me I could quit for the government.
I got it.
But the government wanted more than that.
They wanted me to quit for them.
They were interested in me as a source of information.
And I was willing to tell them everything I knew about how to smoke cigarettes.
“Kampala, Uganda, in 1999.
(AP Photo/Richard Mack)He said he also started working with the government to get the devices approved, but they never did.
(Reuters/Igor Kozalkin)”The first thing they wanted was the name, the drug, the brand, the description of the device.
And they’d come up with all kinds of nonsense.
They’d say, ‘How do you smoke that?’
I’d say: ‘I don’t know, man, I just want you to know that I know how to do that.’
And they said, ‘Okay, you don’t have to tell us what you smoke.
We’ll let you smoke what you want to smoke.’
And I said, No, I don’t want to be a part of that.
“The government then decided to use a company called “Smokers Inc.,” which had worked with the DEA in the past.
Kroll says they would get his name and contact information and then they would come to him and ask him to set up meetings with people who were in the process of quitting.
Kampsa, Uganda in 2000.
(EPA)”So I started meeting people that I thought were going to be in the right place, and I would meet them.
I would be at the meetings.
And once they came to me, they were smoking, and they were talking to me.
And the DEA would be sitting there with their mouths open, just laughing at me.
So I would tell them, ‘What are you smoking, man?’
And they would laugh, and say, `Oh, it’s a cigarette.’
“The training continued in Kampala, where he was eventually assigned to work with a group of former addicts in the Department of Health, a role he later said he loved.
Kampala in 1999.(AP Photo)The training also allowed him to get his hands on the devices that he used in the United States, and after he left, he said he was able to start using them in his home country.
Kopsala, Kampala in 1998.
(Getty Images)”I had a big problem with how I smoked, because I was a guy with a little problem with my lungs.
I couldn’t breathe,” Kampsa said.
Katsumi Kato, a mother of three, and her three daughters are in the same class as Kroll, and said they were also trained to smoke.”
It was so hard, man.
You know, I was afraid, because you know, we were all like, ‘This is the government we’re training.
This is our government,'” Kato said.
The girls were also part of a special class where they were taught to smoke a cigarette in the presence of a trusted teacher.
Kato said that her daughter also tried to quit after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.