Lobbyists told to choose between Intermountain Healthcare, tobacco companies

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Intermountain Healthcare is drawing the line for its lobbyists, forcing them to choose between the health care giant and big tobacco companies.

Intermountain Healthcare has sent letters to all of its contract lobbyists saying they can't lobby for tobacco companies and the health care company. The company says it's "incongruous" for the firms to represent health care and big tobacco at the same time.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that five lobbyists are doing double duty, including former House Speaker Greg Curtis.

Some of the lobbyists contacted by the Tribune have already dumped big tobacco. Others are sticking with them.

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