Nearly half a century after the Office of the Surgeon General
first warned that cigarettes were a health hazard, the
House of Representatives approved legislation last summer
that, for the first time, would give the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products.
The move is the latest chapter in a longstanding debate
over the legal definition of such products and who is
responsible for controlling their sale and use.
In 1965, the Federal Trade Commission required tobacco
companies to place warning labels on cigarette packages,
and in 1970, Congress voted to prohibit television
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Pro & Con
Should Congress Pass H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act?