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Senate Panel Votes to Add Harsh Warning to Cigarette Packs

Senate Panel Votes to Add Harsh Warning to Cigarette Packs

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Utah Senator Orrin Hatch was among lawmakers who voiced opposition to tobacco legislation that would include putting large graphic warnings on cigarette packs.

The bill is pending in a Senate committee where Hatch voiced concern over further FDA authority over tobacco products.

He says the FDA is having a hard enough time keeping up with its current duties. Hatch says adding the enormous responsibility of regulating tobacco doesn't make sense.

Hatch offered an amendment that would delay implementation of the legislation while its cost and impact on the FDA is studied. That amendment was defeated 12-9.

The program would be funded by $450 million a year in fees collected from the tobacco industry. The fees work out to an estimated 2.5 cents per pack.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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