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Senate panel endorses FDA tobacco regulation

August 2, 2007

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— A Senate committee Wednesday embraced legislation that would for the first time allow federal regulation of cigarettes.

The bill - approved 13-8 by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to restrict tobacco advertising, regulate warning labels and remove hazardous ingredients.

The agency also would gain the authority to set standards for products that tobacco companies advertise as "reduced risk" products.

The bill has broad bipartisan support in the Senate, where more than 50 senators have signed on as co-sponsors. A similar bill passed the chamber in 2004 but was blocked in the House.

The bill would allow the FDA to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, but only Congress could permanently ban them.

Comments

Rightytighty 7 years, 4 months ago

Ok but the safer they make cigarettes won't that lead more people to smoke and making it seem more acceptable. Thats just my opinion though i am all for this.

bige1030 7 years, 4 months ago

The FDA already has more than enough on its plate, especially with their seemingly high approval rate for drugs that need more thorough studies and reviews done on them. Vioxx, Zelnorm, and Avandia, anyone?

cowboy 7 years, 4 months ago

The FDA , where do you start with them and big pharma ? This med will cure your ouchie but you may have a hard on for three days , throw up , develop asthma , form a growth in the middle of your forehead , grow a tail , and murder your immediate family. while I am absolutely anti drug , if big pharma , who has a two or three to one lobbyist to legislator ratio in washington , were deposed from power and marijuana legalized , you could eliminate about 50% of the really lousy medications that are prescribed at exorbitant costs each day to us.

Confrontation 7 years, 4 months ago

I hope that this is where the Dems are taking us. Cigs are raising the cost of insurance for all of us. This should have been done a long time ago.

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