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Efforts at requiring fire safe cigarettes have been underway for
years, lead by the late Representative Moakley of Massachusetts. Tobacco
industry opposition has always stopped progress. Now that Senator Helms
has retired, Philip Morris has publicly voiced its intent not to oppose
such efforts, and the tobacco industry's public image is lower than ever,
it is time to try again.
New York has passed a fire safe...
New York has passed a fire safe cigarette law, only to have it
attacked and possibly weakened after the fact. On a parallel track, let's
sue the tobacco companies, to force action. Is there anyone pursuing a
class action, or individual lawsuits, against Philip Morris, for over 20
years of 1000 U.S. deaths a year, since PM has known how to make an
acceptable fire safe cigarette in 1982?