Tobacco: Trouble from an Old Friend

The political winds seemed to be blowing just the way the tobacco industry wanted last month, when the House of Representatives voted to protect cigarette advertising from assaults by U.S. regulatory agencies. The House bill was designed to thwart the efforts of the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, both of which wanted to outlaw all cigarette ads on TV and radio. But last week the tobacco men encountered new trouble from a usually friendly corner: the broadcast industry itself.

Blackout. The National Association of Broadcasters' self-policing TV and radio "code-review boards" proposed that the industry begin a...

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