President Clinton today called reports that Food & Drug AdministrationCommissioner David Kessler had requested he authorize new regulations ofnicotine content in tobacco "somewhat premature." The President said his concernis "the impact of cigarette smoking, particularly on our young people." PhilipMorris USA promised to fight any new regulation and accused the commissioner ofhaving "a secret plan to impose more government regulation fromWashington--regulations that go far beyond youth smoking and strike at the heartof the right of adults to make decisions for themselves." U.S. House SpeakerNewt Gingrich said the FDA has "lost its mind," and should not be starting a newfight when it has more serious fights against crack, cocaine and heroin.
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