× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

North Carolina / Religion and Tobacco Ind. #297123

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 22, 1984
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Rock Ridge, North Carolina) Controversy over North Carolina State Council of Churches' report questioning morality of tobacco industry examined. [North Carolina agriculture department spokesperson John CYRUS - claims word tobacco isn't in Bible and thus not cncl.'s business] [Council spokesperson Reverend Rufus STARK - defs. his linking of morality with health.] [Growers Brad and Lawton NICHOLS - feel their livelihood is moral issue too.] No. North Carolinians dependent on tobacco industry for employment mentioned. [Council spokesperson Reverend Bob ELLIS - suggests alternative crops to tobacco be considered.] [Rev. Ray WELLS - believes preaching against tobacco here is tantamount to unemployment for ministers.] [Lawton NICHOLS - agrees.]
REPORTER: Renee Ferguson

Ferguson, Renee;
Rather, Dan

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.