Senate panel presses tobacco votes

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The Senate Commerce Committee, voting on amendments to its tobacco bill, defeated a proposal by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R., Maine) that would have written tobacco ad curbs into law. The committe bill places the restrictions in a protocol that tobacco marketers would have to agree to in order to receive the $6.5 billion-per- year ceiling on liability damages the bill provides. The ad restrictions, tougher than those agreed to by the industry in last year's settlement proposal, bar use of animals as well as people or cartoon characters, and extend the ban to symbols on packaging (outlawing Camel's traditional camel).

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