More than four decades after the surgeon general declared smoking a health hazard, the Senate on Thursday cleared the final hurdle to empowering federal officials to regulate cigarettes and other forms of tobacco for the first time.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the new law would reduce youth smoking by 11 percent and adult smoking by 2 percent over the next decade, in addition to reductions already achieved through other actions, like higher taxes and smoke-free indoor space laws.
Law gives power to FDA:
- Law would give the F.D.A. power to set standards that could reduce nicotine content and regulate chemicals in cigarette smoke.
- The law also bans most tobacco flavorings, which are considered a lure to first-time smokers.
- The law would also tighten restrictions on the marketing and advertising of tobacco products.
- Colorful ads and store displays will be replaced by black-and-white-only text.
Beginning next year, all outdoor advertising of tobacco within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds would be illegal.
What Cigarette Makers required to do:-
Cigarette makers will be required to stop using terms like “light” and “low tar” by next year and to place large, graphic health warnings on their packages by 2012.
Source: The New York Times