B&W Wants Its Smoking Gun Back

Serious damage control in the tobacco industry: BAT Industries' Brown & Williamson Tobacco on May 17 served subpoenas seeking to review copies of internal 30-year-old documents. The dusty papers allegedly contain evidence that B&W officials acknowledged and conspired to cover up their own research showing adverse health effects of tobacco and the addictiveness of nicotine. That's why Henry Waxman is so interested. The California congressman, ignoring B&W's subpoena, has continued hearings by his House subcommittee on Health & the Environment to determine if the tobacco industry pulled off "one of the most concerted and well-organized conspiracies of silence in Corporate America." B&W says the documents were stolen.