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Teen Smokers

June 09, 1996

* Regarding teenage smoking: For centuries adolescents have smoked as passage into adulthood. They have smoked corn silk, weeds, tobacco and sundry products. Parents traditionally admonished that smoking is sinful, unhealthy and polluting. The government has made cigarettes especially attractive today without Joe Camel, by telling youths they can't have it.

FDA officials may know a lot about nicotine but they don't know much about kids.

LILLIAN GORBATY

Costa Mesa

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