Tobacco Legislation

— NPR's Debbie Elliott reports that debate on sweeping tobacco legislation is going very slowly on Capitol Hill. Yesterday the Senate rejected a proposed $1.50-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes choosing the $1.10 increase as originally proposed by the bill's sponsor, Republican Senator John McCain. While senators consider amendments, a private tobacco battle is underway in a Jacksonville, Florida courtroom. A family is suing the Brown and Williamson company for the lung cancer death of their father.



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