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Capitol Health Call
April 11, 2007

FDA and Tobacco

JAMA. 2007;297(14):1541. doi:10.1001/jama.297.14.1541-d

Bills giving the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products were introduced in both chambers of Congress. They are similar to bills proposed in previous years, but proponents are optimistic that the Democratic takeover of Congress might help get the measures turned into law.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (S 625, HR 1108 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would, in part, allow the FDA to prevent tobacco advertising that targets children and prevent the tobacco industry from misleading the public about the dangers of smoking.