Profile America -- Tuesday, December 28th. The holidays are mostly a time of bustling good cheer -- but they are also a time for winter's most frequent misery -- the common cold and the cough that often goes along with it. While science works to find a cure for colds, the rest of us can only try to reduce their symptoms. More than a century ago, a restaurant owner in Poughkeepsie, New York, did something to make life a little easier for cold sufferers. James Smith cooked up the first batch of cough drops in 1847, in two flavors still popular today -- cherry and licorice. Buying nonprescription cough drops and other cold medicines brings in $9.5 billion in annual revenue for the nation's drugstores. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2007 Economic Census,
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