RJR chief says tobacco deal 'dead'

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Any tobacco deal with Congress is "dead" and "broken beyond repair," RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. CEO Steven Goldstone said today in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington. He said RJR, possibly with the help of other tobacco marketers, is planning a grass-roots campaign targeting higher tobacco taxes and issues of individual liberty raised in congressional efforts to curb smoking. Mr. Goldstone said he doesn't expect Congress to enact a new tobacco law and accused lawmakers of "playing the politics of punishment" by being more interested in political expediency and "acting tough" than getting any real agreement.

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