WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives voted 307-97 Friday to approve a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration power to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco.
The House had passed a similar measure in April, but needed to approve the Senate version, which passed Thursday.
The measure will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.
I get giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the manufacturing, because they companies are manipulating the product to get people addicted, but the marketing and sale of tobacco???
Why should they have power over the marketing and sale?
I guess the Smoker in Chief will sign this?? just how phony is this guy?? I don't know who is he biggest loser is...this guy, or the morons who voted for him...........the good news.......1 and gone
wow...with OBama, pretty soon parentals will be relieved of all of their responsibilities and Uncle Barry will soon tell us when to eat, drink, sleep, and wipe our behinds....the problem with liberals is they feel they need to shove their ignorant beliefs on everyone else...if you don't buy it, you're a hater!
Being an ex-smoker (25 years of 2 packs a day) I can say that nicotine is most definitely an addictive DRUG. It was harder to beat than alcohol for me.
The FDA should have authority over it's sale just as with any drug.
Now we mobamy cigarettes to go along with goverment motors and goverment banks whats next, wait goverment health care, yea.
Just another way for the teleprompter president and the tax cheating Democratic Congress to get their hands in our pockets.
inb4 how this has anything link to Right-Wing crazies and Rush Limbaugh.
And who's crying the loudest....Big Tobacco's biggest fan and recipient of the biggest payout from big tobacco....Mitch McConnell....
I can't believe anyone would vote AGAINST this bill!
Yeah, god forbid the tobacco companies have to answer to anyone as they peddle their poisons.
Big Brother 1, Capitalism 0.
Its about time! the statistics stand for itself, as well as the history of the tobacco companies.
The under-educated and poor are the majority of smokers now. This means a large percentage of those smokers do not have health coverage, which means the rest of us that do get to foot the bill for their poor health choices. The Tobacco industry has thrived on this problem for decades, adding chemicals that make cigarettes more and more addictive as time goes on. Regulation is a good first step... but personally, I think that a study should be done to see how much health costs have been driven up due to tobacco smoking, and the tobacco companies should have to match that amount dollar for dollar. In my business, we have to pay for cleaning up our messes... why should'nt they?
Legislating bahavoir (except in the case of abortion, child moletation, etc.).
I cannot wait until 2010 when Pelosi and Reid are ousted and 2012 when Oblama is one and done.
The US has now moved beyond socialism straight into facism. Zeig Heil!!!!!!
meaningless.., considering the current restrictions on marketing tobacco.
How about we call wash. the planet of the apes and see how that goes over LOL
CNN needs to find some REAL NEWS and stop reporting on Palin. She wants $26 billion for a pipeline out of Alaska, while saying that goverment is getting too big and she is milking this Letterman thing for the TV airtime. Will we, the American public EVER be free of this woman, her family and her thoughts. PLEASE CNN, stop making her the news story of the day. Find someone else, anyone else to cover. Just because Palin eats breakfast in the morning...it does not mean that everyone wants to know about it.
TCM: So you would be including the Republican Congressmen who voted for this bill as well? 307 to 97 in the House and overwhelmingly in the Senate! Most who voted against it are from states where the tabacco lobby and big contributors are from.
The cost of smokers to the health care system, days of work lost as well as the illnesses caused by second hand smoke far outway any taxes collected.
Everyday the right wing crowd increases their moronic hate no matter what the topic.
And next they will want to control how many pieces of toilet paper you use. Gezzz
To the poster making the comment about surpassing socialism and moving on to facism, socialism and facism are opposites. One does not lead to the other.
And for everyone whining about harming the working man, smoking is a choice. None of you have to smoke. If you don't like how this is going to hit you financially, then quit.
They have control over the marketing and sale of tobacco because the money hungry executives tried to get you hooked early and for life. To them a dollar is a dollar no matter who or how they get hooked.
Bigger government, bigger deficits, bigger tax bills, bigger egos. Change you can believe in, just not prosper with.
You folks are just a bunch of cry babies aren't you?
Same hate against our President that I have come to expect from the right.
Glad you're all still so stupid.
I'd like to see tobacco use banned entirely. I quit 6 years ago but it took a major heart attack ( caused by smoking ) and a 150k hospital bill to get me to do it. ( I was insured ). I wonder how much cheaper health insurance would be in this country if smoking were banned ?
There was a Simpsons episode where Springfield banned sugar. I wonder if that could be next? Not as far-fetched as you might think.
Wow...the GOPers complaining of fascism and gov't control of our daily lives sure are completely retarded. You do understand that tobacco was the one unhealthy, dangerous and addicitive substance that the FDA didn't have control of, don't you? No, I suppose you don't. Alcohol, prescription drugs, etc....all under the purview of the FDA. Meanwhile, the tobacco lobby was under all the southern congressmen's desk "convincing" them that the FDA shouldn't be controlling the behavior of the tobacco industry. This legislation rights a wrong about which we should all have been angry and there's a reason that it was so overwhelmingly passed in both houses of Congress despite the bitter spiteful partisanship that's currently taking place: it was crystal clear that it was the right thing to do.
You need to give up trying to turn EVERYTHING Obama does into something you think will gain you political leverage thru criticism, GOPers...even us crazy libs recognized that not EVERYTHING Bush did was wrong, just most of it.
Sound the nitwit alert! Palin is flapping her jaws again.