NE's US Senators Vote For Tobacco Measure

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Both of Nebraska's U.S. senators have voted for a bill intended to drastically curtail tobacco ads and ban candied tobacco products aimed at young people.

The Senate voted 79-17 on Thursday to give the government extensive new powers to decide how tobacco companies will make and market their products.

Sen. Ben Nelson says in Nebraska alone, $537 million is spent each year on health care costs directly caused by tobacco. The Democrat says cutting tobacco use is a win-win.

Nebraska's Republican, Sen. Mike Johanns, says as a former smoker himself, he's familiar with tobacco marketing "designed to encourage our younger population to smoke ..." Johanns says that is something Congress should aggressively address.

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