Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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POLL BACKS HIGHER CIGARETTE TAXES Even people in tobacco-growing states such as North Carolina and Kentucky favor increasing United States taxes on cigarettes to pay for health-care reform. The Gallup Organization found that increasing the federal taxes on tobacco is almost as popular in "tobacco alley" as other parts of the country, Monitor staff writer Ron Scherer reports. The poll found that nearly 72 percent of the adults polled in tobacco states favor increasing the tax compared with 73 percent nationally. The largest percentage of tho se polled favored a hike of 50 cents a pack. This was the first poll taken since the tobacco industry mailed out millions of flyers opposing a tax increase to smokers, retailers, and gasoline station owners. The new poll found that even 40 percent of smokers favor an increase in the tax. EC urges diplomacy

The European Community's 12 foreign ministers sought yesterday to increase pressure on the Bosnian Serbs through their ally Serbia and to press Washington for more time before agreeing on military action to halt the bloodshed. The ministers met with their peace negotiator, Lord Owen, who again cautioned against US proposals for air strikes on Bosnian Serb positions and arming the beleaguered Muslims. "We have always said that military intervention in those countries will not bring any solution," Greek Foreign Minister Michail Papaconstantinou said. EC gives on trade

In a concession to prevent a US-Europe trade war, EC foreign ministers agreed yesterday to ease curbs on US companies bidding for EC government contracts, endorsing an earlier deal between officials on both sides. An article in the EC public utilities directive giving a degree of preference to EC firms over foreign bids will no longer be applied to bids from American makers of heavy electrical equipment. West German solidarity

Thousands of engineering workers in western Germany staged spontaneous protest demonstrations yesterday to support the controversial week-old metalworkers strike in the east. …

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