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US tobacco companies pull out of deal

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7139.1185 (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1185
  1. Terri Rutter
  1. Boston

    American tobacco companies have pulled out of the tobacco deal agreed last June after the Senate commerce committee drafted a much tougher bill than was originally agreed.

    Steven Goldstone, chairman of RJR Nabisco Holdings, which owns the cigarette manufacturer RJ Reynolds, said that his company was ending its negotiations with Congress and going to fight the legislation. The other major tobacco companies quickly followed suit. The tobacco industry ran full page advertisements in major national newspapers last week which read: “We agreed to change the way we do business … Not to go out of business.” The advertisements say that …

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