Thursday, June 11, 2009

Senate Approves Tight Regulation Over Cigarettes - NYTimes.com

Publicly, Altria pushed the legislation for “the greater predictability and stability we think it will bring to the tobacco industry,” as a spokesman, Brendan J. McCormick, said this week.

But the impulse dates to the 1990s, when according to Philip Morris documents released during lawsuits, the company decided to remake its image as a responsible corporate citizen. Part of that strategy was to advocate legislation to reduce the risks in cigarettes, and avoid smoking’s being outlawed outright.
Senate Approves Tight Regulation Over Cigarettes - NYTimes.com
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