Tobacco marketers bluntly warned the U.S. Senate they will not consent to sweeping restrictions on tobacco marketing if Congress balks at granting protection from future liability suits. The warning came as Senate Democrats and Vice President Al Gore unveiled a tobacco proposal that would raise tobacco taxes but not provide any immunity from future liability actions. In a statement, tobacco marketers called the Democrats' proposal "seriously flawed...Many of the advertising and marketing restrictions contained in the resolution would be unconstitutional and therefore could not be implemented unless the industry agreed to them," the statement said. "Based on the terms of Sen. [Kent] Conrad's (D., N.D.) approach, the industry would be unable to consent to these provisions."
Copyright February 1998, Crain Communications Inc.