by Richard V. Corr
October 05, 2004
This tobacco buyout in this bill also provides billions of dollars less to tobacco farmers than versions of the tobacco buyout previously passed by the House and Senate. It provides no incentives or assistance to tobacco farmers to stop growing tobacco and shift to other crops. It also removes all current restrictions on how much tobacco can be grown in the U.S. or where it can be grown. The result will be cheaper tobacco, allowing tobacco companies to reduce the price of their deadly products and make them more appealing to children.
There is a better way to protect our kids from tobacco addiction and help tobacco farmers. The FSC conference committee should adopt an amendment that includes the Senate-passed legislation to provide FDA authority over tobacco products and an industry-funded buyout. Congress should not pass any tobacco legislation in this bill unless it includes FDA authority over tobacco. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in our country, killing more than 400,000 Americans every year and addicting another 2,000 of our children every day. How can Congress pass tobacco legislation that would do nothing to protect our children and save lives?
Richard V. Corr
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