Congress gave final approval to tobacco regulation bill

On June 12, 2009, the US House of Representatives passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act, which purported to help safeguard the public by granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA first began its regulation of tobacco in 1996, but the US Supreme Court ruled in FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. that Congress had not granted the FDA the power to regulate tobacco in March 2000. The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee previously approved a similar bill in August 2007.

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