June 12th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
14 years ago

House passes bill putting tobacco products under FDA oversight

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.

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. dontreadonme

    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?

    June 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    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

    June 12, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. TCM

    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!

    June 12, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    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.

    June 12, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Carlos

    Now we mobamy cigarettes to go along with goverment motors and goverment banks whats next, wait goverment health care, yea.

    June 12, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Cindy PA

    Just another way for the teleprompter president and the tax cheating Democratic Congress to get their hands in our pockets.

    June 12, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. zalgo

    inb4 how this has anything link to Right-Wing crazies and Rush Limbaugh.

    June 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Tim S

    And who's crying the loudest....Big Tobacco's biggest fan and recipient of the biggest payout from big tobacco....Mitch McConnell....

    June 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Meh

    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.

    June 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Johnny DC


    Big Brother 1, Capitalism 0.

    June 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Devon Cloud

    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?

    June 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    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!!!!!!

    June 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. RealityKing

    meaningless.., considering the current restrictions on marketing tobacco.

    June 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. John

    How about we call wash. the planet of the apes and see how that goes over LOL

    June 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Francheska

    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Lynn

    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Have fear Rev. Wright is here

    And next they will want to control how many pieces of toilet paper you use. Gezzz

    June 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Mac

    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Dustin


    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. No More Incumbents

    Bigger government, bigger deficits, bigger tax bills, bigger egos. Change you can believe in, just not prosper with.

    June 12, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. gngpp

    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 ?

    June 12, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Paul from Phoenix

    There was a Simpsons episode where Springfield banned sugar. I wonder if that could be next? Not as far-fetched as you might think.

    June 12, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    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.

    June 12, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. john

    Sound the nitwit alert! Palin is flapping her jaws again.

    June 12, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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