September 23, 2009 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned cigarettes with fruit, candy or clove flavors. Authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act enacted in June, the ban represents a national effort by the FDA to reduce an easy entry point for youth into smoking and tobacco addiction. Some cigarette makers favored and others opposed giving the FDA this new authority. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in America, the government says. The FDA also is considering bans on menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.
June 29, 2009 |
The tobacco bill signed into law by President Obama on June 22 is a compromise that acknowledges a few hard political facts: More than 43 million Americans remain addicted to the nicotine in tobacco (indeed, 70% of smokers say they wish they could quit, and 40% try yearly). Taxes on the sale of tobacco products are a major source of revenue for states.
June 29, 2009 |
Blake Brown He is an agricultural economist at North Carolina State University and provides economic analysis and educational programming for tobacco and peanut producers. Brown has worked with the tobacco industry and health advocates to understand factors that affect the demand for tobacco products. "It's very hard to quantify the impact of regulations on the demand for tobacco. But I would think there would be two effects as a result of this legislation.
June 13, 2009 |
By a 3 to 1 margin, the House on Friday approved a bill passed by the Senate this week that gives the federal government sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco. President Obama hailed the bipartisan votes in Congress on the bill, which he said "truly defines change in Washington." He said he looks forward to signing it into law.
June 12, 2009 |
Capping a half-century battle with the tobacco industry, the Senate overwhelmingly approved landmark legislation Thursday that would for the first time give the government far-reaching power to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House was expected to follow today.
June 3, 2009 |
This week, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would, for the first time, give the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco products. Numerous anti-smoking and health groups support the legislation. So does this mean Congress is finally on the verge of stepping up to take on Big Tobacco? Hardly.
May 30, 2009 |
In a historic shift in public health policy, Congress is poised to give the federal government sweeping new authority to regulate the manufacturing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The legislation, long resisted by the tobacco industry, could allow consumers to see for the first time what chemicals and other additives tobacco companies put in their products.
April 3, 2009 |
The House on Thursday voted to give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to regulate the tobacco industry. The measure would allow the FDA to reject new tobacco products, restrict advertising and take other steps. It passed easily, 298 to 112, but may face a filibuster in the Senate. Anti-smoking groups have clamored for years for the government to exert more control over the industry.
July 23, 2008 |
The Bush administration strongly opposes legislation to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, a top official said in a letter to Congress. The letter is the strongest indication yet that the administration will try to block the popular legislation. A long battle with the White House could doom the bill this year. "The administration would strongly oppose this legislation," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a letter to Rep. Joe L.
April 3, 2008 |
Landmark legislation that would give the federal government the power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products passed an early hurdle Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 38 to 12. The measure would allow the Food and Drug Administration to review new tobacco products before they go on sale, limit advertising and restrict sales to youths. It also would enable the agency to regulate levels of tar, nicotine and other ingredients.