Sen. John Cornyn makes a stop in the Permian Basin

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Senator John Cornyn visited Midland Memorial Hospital to talk healthcare Saturday.

Senator Cornyn toured the newly constructed Medical Office building, and the new entrance to the hospital, berfore addressing his latest bill aimed at preventing youth smoking.

"We know that tobacco consumption causes a lot of healthcare problems, in addition to the 400,000 people a year who die, and the fact of the matter is taxpayers typically pick up part or all expense of that healthcare," Senator Cornyn said.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to prevent tobacco advertising and sales targeted to minors.  

It would lower the number of toxins in tobacco products and prevent the industry from misleading the public about the risks of smoking.