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New tobacco lobbyist lost chain-smoker wife to cancer

Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, whose first wife was a chain smoker who died of cancer, has been hired as a lobbyist by major tobacco companies, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Monday.

Senate records show Baker and his law and lobbying firm have been retained by tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Brown & Williamson, to lobby Congress.Baker's firm was hired to lobby on behalf of the industry's proposed $368 billion settlement with state attorneys general for dozens of health-related lawsuits.