THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 15, 1998 12:20 P.M. EST
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
The South Lawn
THE PRESIDENT: Before I leave for New York, I want to say a few words about the disturbing news that a major tobacco company appears to have targeted children to encourage them to begin smoking. For five years, we've done everything in our power to protect our children from the dangers of tobacco. I've called for strong bipartisan legislation to reduce smoking, especially by young people.
The documents that came to light today show more than ever why it is absolutely imperative that Congress take action now to get tobacco companies out of the business of marketing cigarettes to children. Reducing teen smoking has always been America's bottom line, and that's this administration's bottom line; now, it should become the industry's bottom line.
I'm confident that every member of Congress, without regard to party, who reviews these documents, will resolve to make 1998 the year that we actually pass comprehensive legislation to protect our children and the public health. Thank you.
Q Mr. President, would Alexis Herman take money to peddle influence in your administration?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't believe that for a minute.
Q What are you doing about Iraq to put teeth into the statement?
THE PRESIDENT: On Iraq, let me say that Mr. Butler is going back to Iraq with the strong support of the United Nations. I am very encouraged that even those who had been more sympathetic to Iraq saw through this totally unacceptable action. So now we have to see what happens. He ought to be given access; he's going back there, he's got the support of the U.N. We're going to watch this a day at a time and see what happens. Thank you.