Friday, May 27, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, May 27, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven
Group wants cigarettes
sold just by prescription
WASHINGTON 1P) - Two former U. S. sur- rettes.
geon-general and 10 organizations opposed to "Saccharin has been implicated in only one
cigarette smoking petitioned the federal govern- disease; smoking in well over half a dozen," the
ment yesterday to regulate cigarettes more petition said. "Taking action against saccharin
strictly than saccharin and to require doctors' but none against smoking would be like ground-
prescriptions for cigarette sales. ing a Piper Cub for excessive noise while per-
The petition filed with the Food and Drug Ad- mitting Concoraes to take off and land."
ministration (FDA) asked the agency to assert TERRY SAID it was completely inconsistent
jurisdictsq over cigarettes on tre ground that for the federal government to warn about the
tobacco contains drugs and therefore is under hazards of cigarette smoking while it also spends
FDA's authority. money to support tobacco.
The FDA has proposed rules which would ban Under price support programs enacted by
the use cf saccharin as a food additive but per- Congress, the federal government has paid about
mit its sale as a single ingredient, non-prescrip- $57 million since the 1930s for tobacco, including
tion drug. The FDA is now soliciting comment on money to cover the government's losses when
the proposal and may make the rule effective sales of farmers' tobacco were not enough to
perhaps in July. cover federal price-support loans.
Aterh etitin sflBetween 1965 and 1973, there was a subsidy
After the petition was filed, FDA spokesman program to help finance tobacco exports by mak-
"Tobacco is not within our jurisdiction. This ing tobacco more competitive on the world
is supported by legislative history and several market. That program cost between $25 million
isourtsed yesand $30 million a year.
court cases." JOHN BANZHAF III, executive director of Ac-
UINES SAID it is clear "that Congress never tion on Smoking and Health (ASH), one of the
intended FDA or any othe regulatory agency petitioning groups, accused the FDA of declining
to regulate cigarettes." to act on cigarettes because of "folk myth and
The spokesman said the petition, "no matter some political pressure."
how worthy it is, is misdirected to this agency. Banzhaf said that if the agency does not take
The only way cigarettes will be restricted is by action on the basis of the petition, his organiza-
mandate by Congress." tion will take the issue to federal courts.
FDA officials will study the petition, however, FDA has taken the position that Congress did
before giving the group a formal response, the not intend to give authority to regulate the sale
spokesman said. and use of cigarettes. A spokesman said the
The anti-smoking petition said there is less basic act does not define cigarettes "as food,
risk of getting cancer through the use of sac- drug or cosmetic - if Congress wants to give us
charin compared to the 300,000 premature this authority, it can do so."
deaths attributed each, year to smoking ciga- -
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Friday, May 27 -
(Lina Wertmuller, 1976) 7 and 9 MLB 3
Wertmuuer's powerful handbook of survival further explores the
social/sexual territory she began covering in LOVE AND ANARCHY
and SWEPT AWAY. Giannini's performance as a man who murders
his sister's pimp for family honor and survives a madhouse, the
army, and a Nazi concentration camp inspired Newsweek's critic to
call it "one of the greatest performances I've ever seen." Italian
BUSTER KEATON FESTIVAL
Buster Keaton was a comic genius, perhaps the most natural film-
maker America has ever produced; he is also sadly neglected. Here
is an opportunity to see him at his best, as an artist at least equal
to Chaplin in laughter, and superior cinematically.
(Buster Keaton, 1923) 7:00 only MLB 4
Keaton's second feature finds him involved in a Hatfield-McCoy-
type feud, and the woman of his dreams a member of the enemy
family. A film built with the dramatic integrity of a high adventure
story, OUR HOSPITALITY is superbly structueed and filled with ac-
lion, daring at ott tail perarmed by Keaton) and above all, laughs.
(Buster Keaton, 1924) 8:15 only MLB 4
A virtuoso work, Beaton in his prime, displaying every facet of the
skils which hd now reached the peak of their development. Com-
edy and surrealis*erase"paths as ua er plays a prleeonist who
falls asleep and dreams himself into the movie. Having no control
over his projected environment, Keaton zips from the Yukon to the
desert to a lion's den in one of his most brilliant scenes. Kathryn
McGuire, Joe Steaten. Silent.
(Buster Keaton, 1925) 9:00 only MLB 4
Here Buster discovers that he has inherited a fortune under one con-
dition: he must be married by seven o'clock on his twenty-seventh
birthday, which is only seven hours away. Keaton proposes to woman
after woman with no luck until word gets out about his $7,000000
fortune, which leads to one of the wildest chases ever filmed. Silent.
(Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp, 1924) 10:15 only MLB 4
THE NAVIGATOR stands with THE GENERAL at the very top of
Keaton's best works. He plays Rollo Treadway, a young millionaire
stranded with a young, rich woman, alone,- on a huge ocean liner.
Accustomed to having their every need met, the couple must adapt
the ship's huge accommodations to their needs. The whole range of
Keaton's talents, cinematic and comedic, are extended in your best
bet. With Kathryn McGuire. Silent.
Saturday, May 28-
(Mel Brooks, 1974) MLB 3 7, 8:45, 10:30
ROGER CORMAN FESTIVAL
THIS WILD ANGEL
(1966) 7:00 only
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FRANK CAPRA'S 1939
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
James Stewart, as an idealistic banker's son, falls for his secre-
tary, Jean Arthur. She's related to a whole slew of free-spirited
individuals including her grandfather, Lionel Barrymore, who's
never paid any income taxes and doesn't see why he should. You
can imagine what happens when the business world is invited
to dinner. Based on the Kaufman & Hart comedy.
SAT: (The real) KING KONG
S CINEMA. GUILD TONIGHT AT OLD ARCH. AUD.
C E G7:30 & 9:30 Admission $1.25
AKIRO KUROSAWA'S 1972
DODES' KA DEN
Kurosawa's first color film, he presents a dream-like portrait
of life in a Tokyo slum. Humorous, tragic, universal, the "Sound
of the Trolley" deeply reverberates with its rich images and mes-
sage. A film masterpiece by one of the world's greatest directors.
Japanese, with subtitles.
CINEMA lI TONIGHT AT ANGELL HALL AUD. A
7:30& 10:00 Adm. $1.25