All has changed, thanks to Joe Eszterhas' life-threatening battle with throat cancer. He announced in The New York Times that he and Hollywood had blood on their hands and now Eszterhas is crusading to stop Hollywood's glamorization of smoking. - Joe Eszterhas

All has changed, thanks to Joe Eszterhas' life-threatening battle with throat cancer. He announced in "The New York Times" that he and Hollywood had blood on their hands and now Eszterhas is crusading to stop Hollywood's glamorization of smoking.

by Joe Eszterhas

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