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Tobacco Farmers Want To Get Rid Of Quota System

Posted April 11, 2002 11:50 a.m. EDT

— Smokers may have to foot the bill to make American tobacco more competitive.

Right now, the government limits how many people grow tobacco. A proposal by several Farm Bureau states, including North Carolina, would pay off quota holders, which would then allow farmers to grow their crop for less money.

Some farmers estimate the move would cost about 10 cents per pack of cigarettes.

Congress would have to decide how to handle the suggestion.