WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny. H Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act 307 – 97, sending the bill to the President for his signature.
“This bill is important for the health of millions of Americans. By sending it to the President, we can give the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products; the health experts at the FDA will have the power to approve new tobacco products and regulate tobacco marketing, especially to minors, in the vital years when tobacco addiction can take hold or be prevented. At stake in this bill are longer lives, better health, and lower health care costs for all of us.
“That’s why this bill has garnered the support of many public health organizations, and even some tobacco companies themselves. Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, explained the importance of putting tobacco under the purview of the FDA. The FDA, as she said, is the only agency ‘that has the experience and know-how to regulate [tobacco].’
“Tobacco use is clearly a health issue—few products have a greater impact on public health. For that reason, it belongs under the FDA umbrella.”