Exporting Death

A primary goal of the tobacco bill is to cut smoking by American teens. Nearly 3,000 youngsters start smoking each day, and tobacco-related disease will kill half of them. But what about the rest of the world? Those new smokers--60,000 a day--could be on their own. Tobacco-state Democratic Senators Ernest Hollings of South Carolina and Wendell Ford of Kentucky have moved to strike language that would constrain exports and cost jobs in farming and manufacturing here.

Only 7% of the world's smokers are American, so U.S. companies pour funds into the already huge overseas market. Chinese smokers, for instance, consumed 1.7...

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