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Can't ban freebies.

A federal judge recently struck down Washington's ban on cigarette giveaways. In effect since June, the state law stopped tobacco companies from giving out free samples to adults. "We know these samples are getting into the hands of young people and leading many to a lifetime of addiction," says Senator Bob Oke, sponsor of the law. But U.S. District Judge Franklin Burgess said that the law is overruled by a 1969 federal law dealing with cigarette promotions. R.J. Reynolds spokesman David Howard said the ruling affirmed the company's right to market its products. However, in California, the company recently agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of violating that state's law forbidding cigarette giveaways.
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Title Annotation:smoking bans
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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