President Obama Signs Bill Giving the FDA the Power to Regulate Tobacco Industry
President Obama signed legislation Monday that gives the FDA the power to regulate the tobacco industry. The bill, called the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate how tobacco is manufactured, marketed, and sold. The Act gives the FDA the authority to ban candy and fruit flavored cigarettes, often thought to be especially enticing to youths. The Act also prohibits tobacco companies from marketing their cigarettes as “light”, “mild”, or “low-tar”. Also as a result of the Act, tobacco companies will be required to lower the level of nicotine in their cigarettes and advertising for tobacco products will be restricted.
When signing the bill, the President noted that despite the fact that the percentage of Americans who smoke has significantly decreased over the last few decades, about 400,000 people still die every year from tobacco related illnesses. Health care costs for tobacco related illnesses also cost about $100 billion a year.
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