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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress struck the government's strongest anti-smoking blow in decades Thursday with a Senate vote to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in cigarettes, drastically curtail ads and ban candied tobacco products aimed at young people.
Cigarette foes say the changes could cut into the 400,000 deaths every year caused by smoking and reduce the $100 billion in annual health care costs linked to tobacco.
Originally posted by jitombe
reply to post by LeaderOfProgress
As a smoker, I have nothing against the bill really. Cigarette companies put too much crap in cigs anyway and seeing cig ads is not the reason I started smoking in the first place. I do think it's complete bs that smokers have to pay an insane amount of taxes on smokes. That's one reason I switched to smoking Indian cigs - supposedly they're all natural and they actually taste pretty good for a cig. I used to smoke Marlboro reds for 20 years until the taxes went crazy. I have no intention of quitting smoking, it's my choice and the fed govt need to focus on other issues - let's tax fat people for being fat next, let's see how they react.