Tobacco: The Washington Hearings On Cigarette Labeling

In Washington's Federal Trade Commission building last week, visitors carefully snuffed out cigarettes before entering the special FTC hearing in Room 532. For the next three days, Congressmen, Governors, doctors, lawyers and businessmen argued an issue that is of overwhelming concern to the nation's $8 billion tobacco industry and its 70 million customers. The issue: Can the FTC force the cigarette companies to label every one of their packages and advertisements with an explicit warning that cigarettes are harmful?

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