Obama Sees 'Victory' in Passage of FDA-Tobacco Bill

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 1:41 PM CDT
Obama Sees 'Victory' in Passage of FDA-Tobacco Bill
President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 12, 2009, about the passage of landmark tobacco legislation.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

(Newser) – President Obama praised the passage of a bill allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco products as “a long time coming," the Hill reports. The legislation, which sailed through the House this morning, grants the agency new power to regulate tobacco ingredients and marketing. "After a decade of opposition, all of us are about to achieve victory with this bill," said Obama, a former smoker.

The bill not only allows regulators to ban misleading cigarette ads but also mandates that advertising be in black-and-white only, forbids the production of sweet-flavored products , and permits drastic reduction of nicotine content, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. The measure also addresses a Clinton-era Supreme Court ruling that the FDA needed congressional approval to regulate tobacco.
(Read more tobacco stories.)

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