Tobacco: Smoke & Ire

At a House Commerce Committee meeting last week, several critical Congressmen talked tough to Federal Trade Commission Chief Paul Rand Dixon. They wanted him to forget his plan to make cigarette manufacturers place poisonlike warning labels on their product. It was too late, replied Dixon, who then shocked everybody by disclosing that the order had already been written. Distributing copies to the Congressmen, he remarked somewhat sarcastically: We had our printers working all night in case you wanted one." The timing was surprising, and so was the harshness of the order....

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