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Blowing Smoke

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Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, by Richard Kluger. t New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Pp. Xix, 807. $35.00.

1996 was a difficult year for the tobacco industry. First, Brown and Williamson, the nation's third largest cigarette manufacturer, lost a $750,000 lawsuit, the industry's first defeat in a products liability case. Next, the Clinton administration decided to launch an administrative attack on the tobacco industry under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and finally, Al Gore made the issue the cornerstone of his highly personal speech to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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