Commentary: Clinton's Antismoking Plan Won't Exactly Kick Butt

The federal government is trying to clamp the shackles of regulation onto the Marlboro Man. On Aug. 23, the White House allowed the Food & Drug Administration to issue tough curbs on kids' access to tobacco and on industry advertising. The plan bans most vending machines, prohibits sales to kids, ends brand-name sponsorship of events like auto races, bans billboards near schools, and limits magazine ads likely to be seen by kids to a black and white, text-only format.

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