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Cigarette Smoking / Califano and Anti-Smoking Campaign / Ind. Reaction #254547

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 10, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming announcement of anti-smoking campaign by Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano reported Tobacco industry's reaction reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on news conference called by Tobacco Institute, which representatives cigarette mfrs. [Institution spokesperson William DWYER - says Califano is free to try to persuade smokers to reform on own private time, but title as Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary doesn't give him right to use public power thus.] Tobacco industry's argument that there's no conclusive evidence that smoking hazardous to health cited. [Institution spokesperson Marvin KASTENBAUM - notes cigarette smoking not listed as cause of death on death certificates.] Probable items in Califano's announcement listed.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(NYC) Laura Blackstock's history as smoker given. [BLACKSTOCK - is losing voice from smoking and notes parents' causes of death.] Overall decline in number of Americans smoking and increase in number of young women and teenage girls cited. [Cathy VAIL - likes smoking; believes it's bad for health but chooses to take consequences.] Concern among anti-smoking orgs. re: situation among young women stated. [American Cancer Society spokesperson Dr. Arthur HOLLEB - cites pressures of peer group and rebelliousness as reasons for young people smoking.] Link between lung cancer and smoking, according to American Cancer Society, stated and is noted that lung cancer is 2nd only to breast cancer as cancer killer among women and gap is narrowing.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

Cronkite, Walter;
Serafin, Barry;
Wagner, Richard

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