FTC Urges Revamped Cigarette Testing

Law360, New York (November 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is renewing its recommendation that Congress consider handing authority over cigarette testing for tar and nicotine yields to one of the federal government’s science-based public health agencies, arguing that current ratings may be misleading to consumers.

In testimony presented Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, FTC commissioner William E. Kovacic criticized the advertising and promotion of cigarettes based on their tar and nicotine yields as measured by a machine-based test methodology known as the “FTC method,” even...
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