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Cigarettes / Chemosol Controversy #203643

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 02, 1969
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(Studio) Med. testimony at House, hearing claims smoking can be made safer. Controversy exists.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(No Location Given) Chemosol reduces benzopyrene in tobacco. [Developer Dr. Perry HUDSON - says substance reduced danger of cancer.] [American Cancer Society Dr. E. Cuyler HAMMOND - says cigarettes not safe if benzopyrene reduced. Benzopyrene might not have anything to do with cancer.] Scientists unsure of Hudson's experiments. Hudson and association show chemosol tests on white rats.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(DC) [Dep. Assistant Secretary Department of Health, Education and Welfare Dr. Leon JACOBS - says Hudson's results should be published and verified.] [HUDSON - cites independent laboratory study.] [JACOBS - calls results equivocal.] Hudson turns down offer to test rats at Sloan-Kettering Institution for Cancer Research. Doesn't want to reveal chemosol formula. [HUDSON - says formula kept secret because in patent application.] [JACOBS - needs independent investigation.]
REPORTER: David Schoumacher; Robert Schakne

(NYC) Head of Hudson's financial backers, Louis Beck, refuses interview. He and associates are prominent Democrats 1 is treasurer of New York Democratic Party, Jeno Paulucci, who is member of R. J. Reynolds Bd. Former Cong Eugene Keough and Congress John Michael Murphy on board Murphy sees no-conflict of interest, though he's member Bd. of Directors for Chemosol. [MURPHY - says sees no conflict of interest if additive is answer to health problem. Told Committee of connection.] [Commerce Committee Chairperson Harley STAGGERS - says Murphy didn't tell him of financial interest in chemosol.] [JACOBS - calls it unorthodox situation.] [HUDSON - says no claims have been made.] 3 days ago, Hudson said chemosol made smoking safer.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert;
Schoumacher, David

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