Warning: Anti-smoking groups have determined that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is detrimental to the health of the tobacco industry.
In fact, Hatch was one of 13 congressmen given the National Public Service Award Wednesday by the "Coalition on Smoking or Health" - which consists of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.A spokesman for the coalition said it wanted to show appreciation for Hatch's efforts to create a smoke-free society by the year 2000 - a goal set by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Some of the anti-smoking legislation that Hatch has pushed through Congress includes a bill that changed warning labels on cigarettes from one label to four different ones used on a rotating basis, and another bill that forced warning labels to be placed on smokeless tobacco products.
Hatch also introduced a bill in the last Congress to ban smoking on airlines.