NBC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Surgeon General C. Everett Koop reported announcing that nicotine is adictive. Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) California hsewife. Janice Gobel featured. [GOBEL - says tries to stop smoking.] Koop's report discussed. [KOOP - compares nicotine addiction to heroin and cocaine.] Blood nicotine levels illustration Koop quoted with regard to addictive nature of nicotine. Annual numbers of deaths caused by cocaine, heroin and smoking/nicotine compared. [Tobacco Institute spokesperson Brennan MORAN - rejects Koop's report] [Representative Henry WAXMAN - says tobacco industry is drug ring.] Bill reported introduced in Congress that would force tobacco companies to add addiction warnings to labels. Koop noted recommending that cigarettes not be sold to children and questioning whether business should have licenses to sell them. Koop quoted with regard to impact of smoking upon children.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, ex-Health Secretary Joseph CALIFANO - says new legislature may be expected as result of Koop's report; says children should be protected from cigarette pushers; comments on failure of prohibiting alcohol; encourages parents to help children never begin smoking.]