President Obama today signed what some are calling the nation’s strongest-ever anti-smoking bill.
The legislation does not ban tobacco products but gives the Food and Drug Administration expanded power to regulate the industry’s products and advertisements.
For example, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act now allows the FDA to lower the amount of nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings that appeal to children and block misleading labels such “low tar” and “light.” Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings.
Citing his own struggles to quit smoking, a habit he developed as a teen, Obama said: “The decades-long effort to protect our children from the harmful effects of smoking has finally emerged victorious… It is a law that will save lives.”
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