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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 26, 1982
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(Studio) Consumer Prods. Safety Commission said testing fire resistance of upholstered chair identical to one involved in March hotel fire in Houston, Texas; results outlined.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Pennsylvania) Likely causes of fires examined; death of Thomas Reety and his children Joan, Elizabeth and Thomas Junior noted. [Betty BRINKLEY - notes psychological toll of her loss.] Issue of fireproof cigarettes considered. [Charles COHEN - describes his fireproof cigarettes.] [American Tobacco Institute spokesperson Walker MERRYMAN - opposes such cigarettes.] [COHEN - claims his cigarettes as satisfactory as current type cigarette.] Pressure on furniture industry compared to lack of such pressure on tobacco industry noted; Congress noted making tobacco prods. exempt from regulation by Consumer Prods. Safety Commission [Representative Joseph MOAKLEY - thinks tobacco industry has obligation.] [BRINKLEY - wishes she had died instead of her children.]

Dean, Morton;
Rabel, Ed

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