THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT GORE ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN FRAMEWORK FOR NEW TOBACCO LEGISLATION
House Republican leaders have made the same wrong choice as their Senate counterparts: to do what the tobacco lobby wants, not what America's parents want.
Three thousand young people start smoking every day, and one thousand of them will die early as a result. A bill written by the tobacco industry won't save children's lives, and it won't save the political lives of the politicians who are cynically promoting it, either.
A bipartisan majority of Senators supports comprehensive legislation to raise the price of cigarettes in order to reduce teen smoking, give the FDA full authority over tobacco products, and impose heavy surcharges on tobacco companies that keep marketing cigarettes to young people. The only thing the House Republican bill does about teen smoking is to the tobacco industry keep getting away with it.