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Stricter Rules for Tobacco Companies

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - After a healthy debate in the house, the tobacco bill giving tobacco companies stricter advertising rules has passed and is now set to become law.

Each day about a thousand young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers, and this bill is aimed at stopping the ads that may influence kids to make that choice.

Nearly 75% of house members voted in favor of the bill, meaning smoking ads will no longer be allowed near schools; They're won't be more special tobacco flavors except for menthol. Cigarette makers won't be able to sponsor entertainment or sporting events. And warning labels on the packs will have to get bigger and brighter.

The bill now goes to President Obama where it will be signed into law.