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June 19, 2005, 1:02 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Some anti-smoking advocates say Norwalk and Stamford hospitals should have refused large donations from the chief executive of a Connecticut-based cigar company.

William Ziegler III, chairman of Darien-based Swisher International, which makes cigars and smokeless tobacco, recently donated $1 million to each hospital to be used for information technology to improve patient care.

John Banzhaf, executive director and chief counsel for Washington, D.C.-based Action on Smoking and Health, said the two hospitals should have turned down the gifts. "

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