President Clinton today ordered the Health & Human Services Department to start conducting annual surveys of which cigarette brands underage youths smoke. Mr. Clinton said parents have a right to know and that public health officials can use the information to reduce youth smoking. "Once this information becomes public, companies will then no longer be able to evade accountability and neither will Congress. From now on, the new data will help to hold tobacco companies accountable for targeting children," the president said.
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