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08/17/07 - Washington, D.C.

Panel Calls For Political Will In Dealing With Tobbaco, Unhealthy Foods

An advisory panel is telling President Bush that he should raise taxes on tobacco and strictly regulate its sales and marketing in the nation's fight against cancer.

They are recommendations that probably won't be getting a warm welcome from the president.

The administration is steadfastly opposed to tax increases. And it has argued giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco could make consumers believe the product has the government's stamp of approval.

The panel, which includes champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, noted that 2007 brought about the steepest decline in cancer deaths ever reported.

Yet, more than a half million Americans will die from cancer this year, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths could have been avoided through changes in lifestyle.

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