U.S. House committee approves FDA tobacco regulation bill..

March 5, 2009 - The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act, by a vote of 39 to 13 late yesterday. This legislation will give U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the marketing and sales of tobacco.

"This is a historic day in the fight against the prevalence of tobacco use, its toll on human lives and the clear and pervasive threat tobacco still poses to public health. Granting FDA regulatory authority over tobacco is long overdue," Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee said in a statement announcing the committee's approval of H.R. 1256. "At its core, the legislation is about protecting our children and our youth. I am hopeful that this year we will finally see this bill enacted into law."

Reference: FDA Regulation Closer
House committee OKs Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control
, Conveneince Store / Petroleum (CSP) Daily News, 3/5/2009.

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