The president has signed a tobacco regulation bill into law.
Wired PR News – Press Release Service — President Barack Obama has signed into law a tobacco regulation bill deemed the first of its type to pass Congress in years. As reported by McClatchy Newspapers, the new law, signed Monday, grants authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expansive regulation of tobacco product marketing and manufacturing.
Obama is quoted in the report as stating of the statistics that show a vast majority of smokers start before they reach the age of 18, “I know; I was one of those teenagers… I know how hard it is to break the habit once you’ve started.”
Stephen J. Nolan, a board of director chairman for the American Lung Association, is quoted by the AP as stating of the measure, “FDA oversight over tobacco products will fundamentally change the entire tobacco industry and will save countless lives in the decades to come.”
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