Tobacco ad rules near

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Presidential press secretary Mike McCurry said Thursday that an announcement of new Food & Drug Administration regulations on tobacco marketing could come down at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. He also said reports that President Clinton would issue an executive order on tobacco were erroneous. Assuming the Office of Management & Budget finishes its review of the tobacco rules, the president will simply announce the issuance of the FDA tobacco rules, Mr. McCurry said.

The Freedom to Advertise Coalition, which includes major advertising and media groups, issued a news release calling the FDA restrictions "fatally flawed" and unconstitutional.

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