Sen. Don Nickles (R., Okla.), who oversees Senate Republican tobacco strategy, predicted no comprehensive tobacco program will pass Congress. He said it would approve a tobacco tax hike to fund anti-smoking ads, more research and possibly to help the Medicare program. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), however, said he still hopes to proceed with a comprehensive tobacco program. Democrats tomorrow reveal their tobacco legislation and are expected to call for a $1.50 a pack tax increase and other steps to reduce tobacco use, but are not expected to call for writing tobacco ad restrictions into law.
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