Anti-smoking groups back tribal tobacco bill
Three anti-smoking groups are lobbying New York Gov. David Paterson (D) to sign a bill that seeks to impose state taxes on tribal tobacco sales.

The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association say the state is losing money by not collecting the taxes. They are unveiling a "tobacco tax ticker" that will display the amount allegedly lost by the state.

The effort comes as the Seneca Nation ramps up its lobbying against the bill. The tribe is running a two-week advertising campaign that emphasizes the jobs and economic development supported by the tribal tobacco industry.

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