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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Smoking prevention act was signed into law
Adiah Oreyomi at 12:00 AM ET

On June 22, 2009, US President Obama signed the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act (FSTPA) into law, authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. The focus of FSTPA was to curb tobacco companies' potential influence over children while preserving the right of adults to choose to smoke. The act was criticized as unconstitutionally limiting free speech and was challenged in the case of District Tobacco City & Lottery v. FDA [PDF]. In April 2012, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case, thus upholding the act.

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