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House votes to put tobacco under FDA control

April 3, 2009
LA Times

What’s next? Will the feds assume control of the oil companies?? Will it be our drinking water?? Or will it be the air we breathe??? — Harold

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.

“This is truly a historic day in the fight against tobacco, and I am proud that we have taken such decisive action,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) in a statement.

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