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Moviegoers beware

The editorial "Alcoholic Ads," Nov. 14, regarding the propaganda tactics of the alcoholic-beverage industry, reminds me of another powerful and insidious destroyer of youth: smoking.Recently, smoking in commercial filmmaking has increased. In the last several films I have seen, the leading characters have been puffing away like smokestacks. When millions of dollars and thousands of lives are lost due to the effects of tobacco, a powerful instrument such as film should not be used to influence the public negatively. Jean Smith, Raleigh, N.C.

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