CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 27, 1969
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(Studio) House Commerce Committee votes to strengthen health warnings on cigarette pkgs., but rejects proposal to include restrictions in advertising.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Tax money used by Agriculture Department to encourage tobacco industry and tax money used by another department to discourage use of tobacco. Commercials shown. Agriculture Department money used to promote cigarettes in Thailand to expand foreign market [US Public Health Service Dan. HORN - calls promotion inconsistent with our policies.] [Agriculture Department Hugh KIGER - says promotional work not large percentage of business department] $830 million tied up in surplus tobacco. $2 million net loss. $30 million spent to ship tobacco to underdvtd. cntrys. and $30 million to help United States growers compete overseas. [HORN - critical of action. [KIGER - feels action appropriate.] Senator Edward Brooke promotes bill to prohibit price support of tobacco. Federal government supports both sides of argument while taxpayers foot bill.
REPORTER: John Hart
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