Senate Votes To Move Forward With Tobacco Bill

Law360, New York (June 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate has voted to move forward with a bill supported by numerous public health advocates that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration legal authority to regulate the advertising, sale and distribution of tobacco products.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 84-11 to proceed with the legislation, known as the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. A similar bill passed the House of Representatives in April by a margin of 298-112, and the Senate version has already attracted 56 co-sponsors.

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