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WASHINGTON, DC - April 02: House Energy Chairman John D. Dingell, D-Mich., and ranking member Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, during the committee markup of tobacco legislation. Dingell has persuaded two key interest groups to drop their opposition to legislation that would require the FDA to regulate tobacco, clearing the way for committee approval of the bill this week. The Energy and Commerce Committee, will begin considering the measure (HR 1108) Wednesday. But significant opposition to the bill remains, and Republicans could offer many amendments. The National Association of Convenience Stores, a longtime opponent of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tobacco regulation, dropped its opposition this week after Dingell, D-Mich., agreed to change many provisions of the bill pertaining to the regulation of retail sales of tobacco products, said Lyle Beckwith, vice president for government relations at the association. Dingell also agreed to include language in the bill that would explicitly allow convenience stores to sell smoking-cessation products such as Nicorette chewing gum, Beckwith said. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 02: House Energy Chairman John D. Dingell, D-Mich., and ranking member Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, during the committee markup of tobacco legislation. Dingell has persuaded two key interest groups to drop their opposition to legislation that would require the FDA to regulate tobacco, clearing the way for committee approval of the bill this week. The Energy and Commerce Committee, will begin considering the measure (HR 1108) Wednesday. But significant opposition to the bill...
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