Tobacco ad ban doesn't apply to Web, Justice says

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The Justice Department said Friday it doesn't believe a law banning tobacco advertising on TV and radio applies to Web sites. The agency made the comment a day after officials of the Center for Media Education and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids had contended that the law, passed by Congress after tobacco companies pulled their broadcasting ads in 1970, had charged that any tobacco company ads on the Web are barred. A Justice Department spokesman said the Food and Drug Administration has indicated it is watching closely for Web activity from tobacco companies and will amend its tobacco advertising rules if new rules for Web content are necessary.

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