Proposed Regulation of Tobacco Products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Bills S. 625 / H.R. 1108
On February 15, 2007, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and John Cornyn
(R-TX) and U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Tom Davis (R-VA)
introduced identical bipartisan bills to grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) the authority to regulate the tobacco industry. The intent of this legislation,
known as the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (S. 625/H.R.
1108) is to give the FDA the necessary tools and resources to regulate the
manufacturing, marketing, labeling, distribution and sale of tobacco products.
Many national public health organizations support this legislation enthusiastically.
Others have raised fundamental objections to the bill, with some critics suggesting
the bill may actually be harmful to public health. To help members of the tobacco
community formulate their own views, the Tobacco Control Network commissioned
the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium to prepare publications containing a
balanced explanation and summary of this complex 156-page bill. Our first
publication is a series of eight Fact Sheets, which summarize by topic key elements
of the pending legislation.
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