Congress OKs Anti-Smoking Bill
Posted on Jun 12, 2009
Congress gave final approval to a bill that gives the federal government far-reaching power to try to decrease smoking in the U.S. Positioned to be much more effective than those stupid tobacco company-sponsored “Truth” commercials, the bill would limit nicotine levels and use of words like mild and light.
The Wall Street Journal:
A bill allowing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco is on the way to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.
A day after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure, the House passed it Friday on a 307-97 vote.
Obama supports the bill. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that her agency looked forward to implementing it.
The FDA now will take on an unprecedented role overseeing the production and marketing of cigarettes.
The bill is aimed to also stop the 3,500 kids (or 70 filled school buses) who start smoking every day.