U.S. Senate eyes vote on tax penalties for tobacco ads

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The U.S. Senate tentatively scheduled a 5 p.m. (ET) vote today on an amendment that would end advertising's deductibility as a business expense for tobacco marketers that don't comply with new Food & Drug Administration tobacco marketing rules. Ad groups fear the use of tax deductibility as an enforcement tool could spread from tobacco advertising to other forms of advertising, and they and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce oppose the deductibility amendment. The amendment is proposed by Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.).

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