Who Are the Real Drug Traffickers?
Who are the biggest Adrug traffickers@? Not Columbian drug lords, nor inner-city minority youth, and not African-American street gangs. Causing more than 400,000 deaths per year, they don=t push their products along darkened alleys and street corners, nor South American jungles, and they do not try to sneak their deadly product across the Mexican border in low-flying aircraft in the middle of the night. They do it openly and brazenly in plainly marked trucks as they stock clearly identifiable shelves in grocery stores and mini-marts in every city, suburb and rural hamlet throughout the world. Who are they? They are the tobacco companies. A report two years ago from the United Nations= International Agency for Research on Cancer adds still another layer of incontestable evidence of the dangers of this deadly drug (Smoking Goes from Bad to Worse, New Research Finds, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2002). Cancers of the stomach, liver, cervical and kidney have now been found to be linked to t