|April 1, 2009 - Slaughter Lauds Passage of Bill Allowing FDA to Regulate Tobacco Marketing to Kids|
Rep. Slaughter Lauds Passage of Historic Bill Allowing FDA to Regulate Tobacco Marketing to Kids
Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Rules, today applauded House passage of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the marketing of tobacco products to children.
Rep. Slaughter said, "Rep. Slaughter said, "It's no secret that tobacco is a deadly and addictive substance that's being peddled to our children with misleading advertising. This landmark bill gives the FDA the ability to regulate marketing to both child and adult tobacco consumers - a critical effort in the fight against tobacco that's long overdue."
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would provide the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. It would also empower the FDA to prevent the marketing and sale of tobacco products to minors, to prevent false or misleading product claims, and to require changes to product content or design to protect public health. The FDA's tobacco program would be funded through user fees on tobacco product manufacturers.
The Family Smoking Prevent and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256) does the following: