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Feds Seek New Tobacco Restrictions

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Justice Department will ask a federal judge to place tough new restrictions on the marketing, manufacture and sale of cigarettes, in the latest development in the government's three-year law suit against the industry, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The government will ask the court to limit all cigarette advertising to black-and-white print ads, with half the ad space dedicated to "graphic health warnings," the newspaper said, citing new pretrial documents.

In reforms that affect retailers, the government will try to end trade promotions and giveaways, and ban vending-machine sales. It will also seek to end "slotting fees" paid to retailers for favorable placement of tobacco products in stores.

Under the proposals, cigarette packaging also would change, with 50 percent of the surface carrying "graphic health warnings," and Surgeon General's messages on inserts.

Companies could no longer label cigarettes as "light," "low-tar" or "mild," would have to list all cigarette ingredients, additives and toxic chemicals and report manufacturing methods and marketing research, the report said.
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