Gore rips tobacco ads

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Vice President Al Gore today chastised tobacco companies for using their brand advertising to hook kids. Speaking in Dayton, Ohio, he cited a new study showing that Marlboro, Newport and Camel are the most popular brands among underage smokers in urging Congress to take further action on tobacco companies. A spokesman for tobacco companies said the issue is about getting kids not to smoke. "Would they feel any better if kids were smoking the brands that weren't advertised?'' he asked.

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