FROM Duff Wilson
Tobacco Industry Files Lawsuit over Warning Labels Doctors say smoking is a major cause of health problems in the US, but cigarettes are still legal. Now four of the five big tobacco companies have sued the Food and Drug Administration for relief from requirements that they put graphic warnings on their own products. There's a picture of a corpse with its chest sewed up and a warning that "Smoking Can Kill You." Another image shows a pair of lungs that are yellow and black with disease. Such warnings will be rotated on cigarette packs and take up more space than their brand identifications. Duff Wilson reports for the New York Times .
Will Creepy Photos Curb Smoking? It's been 25 years since the printed health warnings have been changed on cigarette packs. Now, smokers will have to see graphic depictions designed to shock new smokers and scare existing one into quitting. On the front and back upper half of every cigarette pack, there will now be color images of damaged teeth, infected lungs and a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy opening in his neck. An amputee identified as Marie from the Bronx will be part of a TV commercial. Duff Wilson covers the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries for the New York Times .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.