ON JUNE 17, 1998, the US Senate voted to end consideration of comprehensive
antitobacco legislation.1 The $516 billion
bill was built on a blueprint developed nearly 1 year earlier in a settlement
between the tobacco industry and 40 state attorneys general.
The Senate bill would have increased cigarette taxes by $1.10 per pack
over several years, penalized the tobacco industry if youth smoking rates
did not drop significantly, and given the Food and Drug Administration complete
authority to regulate nicotine as a drug. The bill would also have included
new regulations on the sale, manufacturing, labeling, and marketing of tobacco
products, particularly to children. In addition, the legislation would have
devoted a large share of the monies raised to health-related activities, including
medical research, antismoking campaigns, and prevention research.1
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