NEW TOBACCO LEGISLATION COULD CURB COUNTERFEITING

NEW YORK -- Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate -- giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products -- could aid in efforts to curb underage smoking and counterfeit sales of cigarettes in retail outlets, according to executives at Philip Morris USA, based here.ng problem," he said, citing U.S. Customs statistics showing that in 2003, cigarettes accounted for close

NEW YORK -- Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate -- giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products -- could aid in efforts to curb underage smoking and counterfeit sales of cigarettes in retail outlets, according to executives at Philip Morris USA, based here.

ng problem," he said, citing U.S. Customs statistics showing that in 2003, cigarettes accounted for close to 45% of all seizures of counterfeit merchandise. Philip Morris was able to confirm co

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