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May 29, 1997 | THOMAS BRANDT, Thomas Brandt is a Washington-based health policy consultant
There is an irony to evil. The shooter in a drug gang killing will be prosecuted aggressively, "to the full extent of the law," as they say. So will the murderer of a gas station attendant, the child abuser and so forth, as they should. However, in the universe of man's inhumanity to man, these are small change. The irony is that those who manage the mega-atrocities often retire to villas, rule nations or run billion-dollar business empires.
January 1, 2011
Smoking remains a particularly awful habit. Not only is it the leading cause of premature death in the United States, but it directly harms people who don't even touch it. All they have to do is be in the same vicinity as a smoker. Overeating is a national problem too, but there's no such thing as secondhand Twinkies. So it's heartening to hear that the results of a state survey, released in December, show that adults in California are less likely to smoke than adults almost anywhere else in the nation.
October 12, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The nation's biggest tobacco companies denied a press report that they had proposed talks to settle a $14-billion Medicaid lawsuit filed against the industry by Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that national industry attorneys had approached state officials and talks were in the "infancy stage." But Dan Webb, the tobacco companies' lead attorney in the Texas case, denied the reports and said the industry was intent on going to trial.
August 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hoping to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, the Board of Supervisors unanimously aproved ordinances that limit free distribution of cigarettes and regulate locations of vending machines. Tobacco companies "prey upon young people who are already down on their luck. You don't see them distributing free cigarettes in Piedmont or Beverly Hills," said Supervisor Don Perata, who sponsored the ordinances.
February 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said any money from congressional action against tobacco companies should be spent fighting smoking and the diseases it causes rather than research, as President Clinton has proposed. Clinton has suggested boosting science and health research, in particular cancer research. Koop welcomed the prospect of money from tobacco companies to make up for what he said are $100 billion a year in costs to society from smoking, but he urged caution in spending
March 17, 1988
Machan's article misses the point. Most of the plaintiffs suing tobacco companies started smoking before the surgeon general's warning--before smoking was widely recognized as dangerous. There were even advertisements showing that doctors liked to smoke a certain brand of cigarette. Anyone who started smoking at that time can hardly be held responsible for putting his or her health in jeopardy. And if the plaintiffs are still smoking today, it may be because nicotine is more addictive than heroin, another fact the tobacco companies forgot to mention.
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