bill seeks to boost tobacco warnings, curb advertising
\"We must do everything we can to protect our children . \"
Surgical Director Joycelyn Elders said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Bill introduced by the representative. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles)
Four other House Democrats will authorize the Department of Health and public services to revise the wording of the health warning.
Under the act: * manufacturers must rotate warnings that cigarettes will kill pregnant women\'s babies, cause lung cancer, swelling and heart disease, are harmful to the development of children and can cause cancer to non-smokers.
* Users who chew tobacco must be informed that the product will cause oral cancer.
* Distribution of free samples will be banned, as will advertisements for stadiums, movies, music videos, video arcade games or anywhere within 2,000 feet.
* Cigarette vending machines are only allowed where children cannot access.
* Unless the sponsor provides health information on tobacco effects, tobacco sponsorship of events such as the Virginia Slims tennis tournament is prohibited.
* T-health warning is also required
Shirts or hats that showcase brands of tobacco products and sports equipment such as sports cars that display such trademarks.
Thomas Lauria, spokesman for the Tobacco Research Institute, said that a similar bill proposed by Wickman in 1990 failed to pass, \"We think this will encounter the same fate.