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Expanded U.S. Drug Agency to Control Tobacco

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Science  19 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5934, pp. 1497
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1497

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on the cusp of gaining power for the first time to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. Last week, the U.S. Senate followed the lead of the House of Representatives, voting 79–17 to give FDA this authority, and President Barack Obama has vowed to sign the legislation. It will allow FDA to ban certain ingredients in cigarettes, push for tougher labeling, and create an FDA Center for Tobacco Products within 90 days after the law takes effect.