Senate tobacco talks heat up

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Senate Commerce Committee members intensified work on tobacco-control legislation amid indications the committee's chairman, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), would not include tobacco ad restrictions in the bill because of concerns about the First Amendment. The legislation was expected to sharply increase tobacco industry payments from the $368 billion over 25 years recommended by state attorneys general. Sen. McCain told Advertising Age late Tuesday he hoped to have a decision on all the major issues in the tobacco bill by Wednesday night with legislation drafted by Thursday.

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