Thursday, June 05, 2003

Local congressmen tell tobacco farmers not to worry about Surgeon General's remarks

As reported here in the Washington Post, the Surgeon General told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this week that he supports the abolition of all tobacco products. While this may be a principled stance for a man of medicine, the men of politics are point out this was not their view. In today's Bristol paper, Congressmen Rick Boucher from the SW VA and Bill Jenkins from the NE TN both reassured tobacco farmers that no such ban was in the works, in this article titled "Suggestion that tobacco should be illegal sends shock waves through Mountain Empire." Senator Allen and others took the same view, as reported here.

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