President Clinton has taken on the tobacco industry or has he? He has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate nicotine as an addictive drug, to enforce restrictions on the sale of cigarettes to kids and to curb advertising aimed at youth.

Yet, on close examination, while there may be a few spinoff health benefits, the Clinton plan is more symbolism than substance.

While there is an urgent need for a strategy to deal with the national health crisis of cigarette smoking, the very essence of the plan is flawed and thus should be rejected in favor of one that will work.

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