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Tobacco Trial to Get into Specifics

This week, the federal government put the major tobacco companies on trial for civil racketeering. The government claims that the tobacco industry lied to Americans about the health risks of smoking and that the industry has been using direct and indirect ways to get young people hooked on cigarettes. NPR's Libby Lewis reports.

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Libby Lewis
Libby Lewis is an award-winning reporter on the National Desk whose pieces on issues of law, society, criminal justice, the military and social policy can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day, Weekend Edition Saturday, and other NPR shows.