Health: White House Smoke Signals

White House Smoke Signals

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is an outspoken enemy of tobacco consumption, advocating a "smoke-free society by the year 2000" as a major U.S. health goal. It was no surprise, then, that Koop planned to testify before a House subcommittee last week in support of legislation that would ban all advertising for tobacco products. But the day before he was to appear, the Washington Post reported that Donald Regan, the President's chief of staff, had barred Koop from testifying. The White House defended the action by saying that his presence on a panel that was to include such anti-smoking organizations as...

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