A Safer Cig Or Rjr's Albatross?

THE LOW-SMOKE CIGARETTE from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco is firing up antismoking advocates. Called Eclipse, the new product has the benefit of very little second-hand smoke, so those long car journeys with a smoker will be more pleasant for nonpuffers. Reynolds says Eclipse, still under development, also has less tar and nicotine than most cigarettes. But to attorneys bringing liability claims against Reynolds, the company is in effect admitting that its current smokes aren't safe. If cigarettes ain't broke, the lawyers say, why fix them with Eclipse?

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