Friday, June 12, 2009

Tobacco Law Passes Both Chambers of Congress

Exactly one month ago, we blogged on the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of HR 1256, a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products. Now this bill has passed the Senate (see the latest version of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act here). According to this article in the New York Times, President Obama has said he would sign the legislation once it reaches his desk.

The legislation puts new limitations on tobacco-product manufacturing, and it allows the FDA to set standards on nicotine content and regulate chemicals in tobacco products. However, it does not give the FDA authority to ban cigarettes or nicotine. In our May blog post we had provided a link to an FDA statement explaining that the agency could not regulate tobacco. This page no longer exists--perhaps it will be replaced by far more assertive and powerful language. Stay tuned . . .

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