Secondhand Smoke's Second Hearing?
In the tobacco industry's dreams, antismoking lobbyists and the Environmental Protection Agency just go away. Why not dream a little? On June 22, six tobacco growers and marketers, including giants Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, sued the EPA in federal court in North Carolina. The group wants the EPA to withdraw its classification of second-hand smoke as a Class A (that's as bad as it gets) carcinogen. The two companies argue that the agency used faulty scientific methods. Antismoking advocates view the legal salvo as an attempt by the industry to stave off smoking bans in public places. The EPA says it stands by its study.