Notebook, Feb. 12, 1996


With billion-dollar class actions and tales of perjury by top execs, cigarette makers are feeling the heat. Their nightmare scenario is that smoking will be outlawed. Even if it were banned, which is unlikely, the tobacco industry wouldn't have to go up in smoke. The much maligned plant need not be rolled and lighted. Here are other forms it can take:

Fraction-1, a tasteless, odorless protein found in all green vegetables but in especially high concentrations in tobacco. It has a greater nutritional value than the milk protein casein and can be used to fortify cosmetics, food and soft...

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