In the next day or two, the U.S. Senate will be voting on the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act! This legislation will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products. The legislation has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The act would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater authority to regulate tobacco products in an effort to assist current smokers with quitting and prevent tobacco manufacturers from enticing youth to smoke. According to the its sponsors, the measure would aim to give the FDA the legal authority it needs to:
- Prevent tobacco advertising that targets children
- Prevent the sale of tobacco products to minors
- Help smokers overcome their addiction
- Identify and reduce the toxic constituents of tobacco products and tobacco smoke for those who continue to be exposed to them
- Regulate claims about reduced risk tobacco products
- Prevent the tobacco industry from misleading the public about the dangers of smoking.
This would include establishing stronger warning labels on tobacco products, more stringent regulations of the advertising and sales of tobacco products, the gradual reduction and removal of hazardous ingredients from cigarettes, and new standards for tobacco products labeled “reduced risk” or “low tar.”
The Tobacco Industry has gone to great length to stop the passage of this bill so it is crucial that your Senators know where you stand. Take just a couple of minutes to call or email your Senators and share your feelings on why this bill is important today!