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Philip Hilts Discusses the Tobacco Industry's "Smokescreen."

Philip Hilts, correspondent on health and science policy for The New York Times. His new book is "Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-up" (Addison-Wesley). Hilts first broke the story of the now-infamous Brown and Williamson tobacco papers, which revealed when tobacco executives first learned about the addictive nature of nicotine and the dangers of smoking. Hilts' stories for the New York Times led to Congressional hearings.


Other segments from the episode on May 21, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 21, 1996: Interview with Philip Hilts; Interview with John Powers.


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