Are Smokers Junkies?

Citing the addictive power of nicotine, the FDA and Congress may tighten the regulation of cigarettes

The cigarette industry and its customers are doing as much huffing as puffing these days. They're upset because the number of places where lighting up is allowed keeps shrinking and ashtrays are rapidly becoming collectors' items. Just this month have come moves to ban smoking in McDonald's company-owned restaurants, in U.S. military workplaces and in every work space, including restaurants and bars, throughout Maryland. Smokers are also dismayed that the Clinton Administration hopes to finance a large part of health-care reform with a 75 cents-a-pack increase in the U.S. cigarette tax (now 24 cents a pack). More than 16,000 industry supporters,...

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