Proposed Bill – FDA to Regulate Tobacco

Proposed Bill – FDA to Regulate Tobacco

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) on April 2, 2009. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

The FSPTCA would amend current FDA laws to provide for FDA regulation of advertising, marketing, and manufacturing of tobacco and tobacco products. The FSPTCA would subject tobacco products to FDA labeling and would require companies to disclose the ingredients in tobacco products.

The FSPTCA gives FDA the authority to reduce the level of nicotine in tobacco products, but FDA may not require the overall removal of nicotine or impose a ban on an entire class of tobacco products.

The FSPTCA would require the reinstatement of a 1996 FDA rule to reducing underage smoking and would ban outdoor advertising of tobacco within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds. The bill would also ban tobacco-brand sponsorships of sports and entertainment events, and would restrict vending machines to adult-only facilities.

A copy of the bill can be found at http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090304/hr1256.pdf.)