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In Depth (Tobacco Industry: Law, Campaign '96, Whistle- Blower) #613171

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 27, 1996
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Ruling in Florida's Supreme Court that the state can sue the tobacco industry for the cost of caring for smokers who become ill reported.

(Washington: Bob Kur) "Smokin' politics" in campaign '96 featured; scenes shown of a guy in a cigarette suit at presidential candidate Bob Dole's campaign stops. Accusations from President Clinton's camp that Dole is toeing the tobacco line noted. [In Tennessee, Vice President Al GORE - says Dole is parroting the industry.] [DOLE - offers vague comments about smoking.] [Former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett KOOP - criticizes Dole's stance on nicotine addiction.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Off the Mississippi gulf coast: Fred Francis) The story of tobacco industry whistle-blower Merrill Williams, who worked as a clerk for and spied on the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, presented. [Anti-Tobacco Institute attorney Richard SCRUGGS - praises Williams for exposing the tobacco industry.] [On his boat, WILLIAMS - accuses the tobacco industry of lying to everybody; talks about the "friggin' lawyers."] [Brown and Williamson's Gordon SMITH - calls Williams a thief.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Kur, Bob

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