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Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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FAMILY SMOKING PREVENTION AND TOBACCO CONTROL ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 30, 2008)

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Mr. CANTOR. I want to thank the gentleman from Texas.

I also want to thank the gentleman from California, the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Davis) and the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Dingell) for their cooperation with me and my office on this bill.

As our minority leader said, the scientific community as well as the general public is pretty well steeped in the dangers of smoking. I think all of us can agree it's a legitimate public policy to want to reduce the rate of smoking with our children. This bill, though, in addition to doing some of that, some of the aim behind it is to allow for it to pave the way and in fact to encourage legitimate attempts to make tobacco and tobacco products less harmful. The net result to all of us will be to increase the health outlook for consumers of tobacco and its products.

This bill is particularly meaningful to my district, as there are over 6,000 direct jobs related to the tobacco manufacturing. And there has been significant investment in my district and in the area from where I come made towards the research and development on how we make this product less harmful.

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