FDA Tobacco Oversight Bill Passes Final Senate Vote

Law360, New York (June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Congress is nearing the end of a decade-long fight to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration broad regulatory authority over tobacco products, after the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass Sen. Edward Kennedy's Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The bill, backed by senators in a final vote of 79-17, would put tobacco regulation in the FDA's hands, giving the agency power to oversee packaging, manufacturing and marketing of tobacco products and impose tough new restrictions on tobacco-product labels and descriptions.

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