Thursday, June 25, 1998

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  • Tobacco Industry Continues to Thrive

    Last week, Senate Republicans killed a national tobacco bill championed by the White House. The bill’s demise was a major defeat for President Clinton and public health advocates, and a victory for the nation’s leading cigarette makers, who have spent millions lobbying against it. While the effort to reshape the $50 billion tobacco industry survived many near-death experiences in recent months, it was worn down eventually by a combination of hostile conservatives, election year politics and the industry’s unprecedented $40 million advertising campaign.

  • Olestra Goes Nation Wide

    "Tasting is Believing"’ is the slogan for one of the most ambitious new product launches in recent history. Today, the fake fat Olestra will be distributed in 20 major cities around the country. The Wall Street Journal reports that Olestra producer Proctor and Gamble hopes to put fat free Pringles in 30 million mouths. Today, a debate on the safety of this FDA-approved substance.

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