Warring over Warnings

If the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee has its way, the following unequivocal label will appear on cigarette packs and in all advertising for cigarettes starting next year: WARNING! CIGARETTE SMOKING CAUSES CANCER, EMPHYSEMA, HEART DISEASE; MAY COMPLICATE PREGNANCY; AND IS ADDICTIVE. The Senate effort, headed by Democrat Thomas Eagleton, who smokes a pack a day of Pall Malls, is the latest and strongest warning about cigarettes.

In 1957, after the first Government caveat concerning smoking, Utah Senator Wallace Bennett introduced a bill to require the admonition: WARNING: PROLONGED USE OF THIS PRODUCT MAY RESULT IN CANCER, IN LUNG, HEART AND...

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