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To the casual observer, Princeton’s planned regulation

to ban smoking in virtually any public place in the borough and

township

— including restaurants and bars — might seem like a tempest

in a teapot. Or a brouhaha in a beer mug. Why not let adults determine

their own fates? For those who want to make good tips as a bartender

in a smoking environment — let them. Other jobs in the hospitality

industry in smoke-free environments are plentiful.

Then we looked at Dan Zegart’s book "Civil Warriors: the legal

siege on the Tobacco Industry" (Delacorte Press, 2000). Zegart

was a reporter for the Times of Trenton in the early 1990s and now

lives in Titusville with his photojournalist wife, Laura. He will

speak and sign his book at Barnes & Noble in Marketfair on Tuesday,

June 27, at 7 p.m. (Call 609-897-9250).

What with secret phone calls, stolen documents, mysterious

experiments,

surveillance teams, and witnesses in disguise, this nonfiction report

of battling legal teams has the derring-do of a John Grisham novel,

but because real life is so much more complex than fiction, the casual

reader can get weighed down by the details. But Zegart paints a

compelling

drama through portraits of the scientists, the sources, the cancer

patients, and most of all the attorneys — particularly attorney

Ron Motley.

Motley was not always triumphant. According to the Clarksville

Road-based

Tobacco Merchants Association, a trade group that covers the industry,

the tobacco giants have lost only two major cases, one in San

Francisco

and one in Oregon, both in January 1999, and both are under appeal.

There have also been two settlements, the flight attendants’ case

in Florida and the major Medicare settlement brought by the states.

Page 142 of "Civil Warriors" begins to make one feel

differently

about laissez-faire attitudes toward secondhand tobacco or what the

cigaret companies prefer to call "environmental tobacco"

smoke.

Zegart writes of how Burl Butler, a 53-year-old barber, is dying of

lung cancer in Laurel, Mississippi. He tells Motley how almost all

his customers smoked and how he had worked for decades in a gray

fog."I

always knew they (the cigarets) were killing those other people, but

I never dreamed they were killing me," said Butler.

Suddenly the strictest no-smoking law this side of California begins

to make a little more sense.

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Health news takes on a more cheerful aspect with U.S.

1 Newspaper’s Health Fair 2000, coincidentally set for earlier on

the same day of Zegart’s appearance, Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 7

p.m., at the Holiday Inn on Route 1 at Ridge Road. Four plastic

surgeons

— Drs. Eugenie Brunner, Jill Hazen, Thomas Leach, and Kevin Nini

— will give a panel on "Straight Talk About Plastic

Surgery"

at 4:15 p.m. Stephen Felton M.D. discusses "New Insight Into Laser

Eye Surgery" at 5:45 p.m.

Two dozen exhibitors will be there to enlighten, educate, improve

everyone’s health and fitness quotient — and offer door prizes.

You are invited, it’s all free. See page 29 for details. Call

609-452-7000

with questions. !Salud!


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