House Republicans unveiled the "framework" for their own tobacco-control legislation and effectively ended chances for passage of any significant new restrictions on tobacco marketing this year. Rep. Deborah Pryce (R., Ohio), leader of the House Republican tobacco task force, said the GOP plan calls for increasing anti-tobacco ads and for state laws to take away driver's licenses of minors posessing tobacco products. It gives the Food & Drug Administration authority to regulate the manufacture of tobacco products, but keeps tobacco advertising oversight at the Federal Trade Commission. The amount of additional anti-tobacco advertising was not disclosed. Rep. Pryce hinted some of the money would come either from the states or reallocation of funds now set aside for anti-drug ads. House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt (D., Mo.) called the proposal "a figleaf bill" with little effect.
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