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The Nation

February 13, 1986

Tobacco companies are spending record amounts to influence Congress and the news media, and national magazines are ignoring the hazards of smoking for fear of losing advertising revenue, health experts said. The experts, in testimony at the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, called for legislation to support the American Medical Assn.'s controversial proposal for a ban on cigarette advertising. Government statistics show 320,000 Americans will die this year as a result of cigarette smoking, which is now at an all-time high.

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