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"Crusher" Bam Bam Bigelow Vs. Big Van Vader
NJPW [September 12th, 1988]

One thing is for sure: Japan loved monstrous, powerful wrestlers in the 1980’s. Between the Hansens, the Bruisers, the Butchers, and the Andres of the wrestling world, the ground had already been set for these two mountainous grapplers. Just looking at the flame-engulfed Bigelow and the helmet-clad Vader, you felt like you were getting to see a monster movie in the flesh. When Vader overpowered Bigelow, the fans were pretty much expecting as such, but when Bigelow began matching his strength, shock permeated through the arena as the big man howled in fear. Enjoy this one, it’s a quick but memorable classic!

C. Everett Koop.

Catalyzed by a report issued last week by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop indicting nicotine as an addictive drug, health groups and their supporters in Congress have launched a new assault on the tobacco industry, linking the war on cigarettes to the war on illegal drugs.

The 639-page study focuses on the pharmacologic basis of addiction to tobacco. It asks why people smoke and use other tobacco products despite the known health hazards. Koop gives three simple answers: “Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting. Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. The pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.”

… “We should give tobacco use and tobacco addiction the serious attention it deserves,” Koop stresses. “Shouldn’t we treat tobacco sales at least as seriously as the sale of alcoholic beverages, for which a specific license is required, and revoked for repeated sales to minors? Our nation has mobilized enormous resources to wage a war on drugs—illicit drugs. We should also give priority to the one addiction—tobacco addiction—that is killing more than 300,000 Americans each year.”

-Richard Seltzer

Nicotine Indicted as an Addictive Drug

Chemical & Engineering News, May 23, 1988

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