CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 22, 1984
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(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