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New FDA Powers Over Fruity, Sweetened Smokes

November 24, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, York College

By the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama granted the Food and Drug Administration its broadest power ever to regulate the tobacco industry. “For the first time, we can require companies to reveal certain ingredients in tobacco products,” says FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. And “now we can force them to comply with the ban on fruit and candy-flavored cigarettes, which are particularly pernicious in recruiting young smokers to a lifetime of addiction.” Dr. Hamburg discussed the challenges of keeping tobacco products out of the mouths of children, and the impact of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, enacted in June 2009, at a York College presentation, “The New FDA.”
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