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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  1. steven harnack

    after reading these posts i've come to the conclusion that if we put a tax on ignorence we could pay off the national debt in about a month!

    June 12, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. A Concerned Citizen

    Anything that we can do to reduce smoking is good with me. However, I have to admit I'm getting VERY concerned about our government taking more and more and more bite out of the private sector.

    At what point will they stop? Shall everything be run by the government? Do we need another North Korea?

    June 12, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Funniest part: it's a change to the way it should be handled, but for all pratical purposes, it's probably not going to drastically change the way the tobacco industry operates and advertises, etc. Not for good or for bad. Things will very likely remain quite status quo.

    June 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Old Farmboy, who said "the tax on cigarettes is about to go way up."

    FDA can't do that and doesn't do that with pharmies or alcohol, soooooo, nice try, but STFU and stop lying.

    June 12, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Barbara in NC

    Question: When everyone stops smoking, where will the Gov't get the tax money to pay for children's healthcare?

    Answers anyone? Will non-smokers be taxed? Who will pay for that?

    June 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Chris D.

    Corrections I believe the defense budget is 365 billion, and one last thing, Obama has surrounded himself with a Republican defense team....Gates, Jones, these two are some of the most respected people in the GOP, and amongst libs........

    Oh yeah yeah government.......u right wingers are so paranoid......you have no real clue what gov. control is.....if you did, Bush would have did 1 term.

    June 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. didi

    good for the nation....keep up the good work....sign health care too....

    June 12, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Chris D.

    Go government!!! Yeah, the right wing is so paranoid!!!
    The congress gets points for the bipartisan bill. If you were really concerned about government being in your life, GWB would have done 1 term.

    June 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ Barbara in NC, who asked "Question: When everyone stops smoking, where will the Gov't get the tax money to pay for children's healthcare?"

    Use the intertubez to inform yourself, not just rant. Look up the estimated cost of smoking-related illnesses in this country and learn how much it "taxes" our health care system and economy.

    June 12, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Spencer

    What a joke. Another thing the government can try and control? So the FDA regulates tobacco....what next? Soda? Coffee?

    Give me a break.....

    June 12, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Seig Heil!

    I'm telling you, "Oooo-go" Chavez could learn something about state control by watching this Congress and this Kenyan Usurper.

    After Barry and company outlaws cigarettes, do you think he will continue to slip out back of the WH to sneak a smoke? Bigger question is will Barry remove the ash tray from his desk?

    June 12, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Chaz

    BK, cell phones are already taxed.....look at your bill.

    June 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. KCbob

    Republicans worship money above all else. They see no problem with tens of thousands of people being killed by tobacco. It's a persons right after all, but if you light up some reefer you are scum..I guess because their friends aren't making money from it.

    June 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. J.P.

    Up next to be "regulated" by Big Government:

    – your cell phone
    – your radio station
    – the foods you can eat
    – the intoxicating chemicals (legal or otherwise) you choose to injest
    – the programming you watch on TV
    – what you can read on the internet
    – the very political speech protected by the First Amendment
    – And the big prize for liberals... fire arms
    (the very mechanism the founders put in place as an "insurance policy" to protect and defend the First Amendment against a belligerant, out-of-control usurping federal government.)

    But don't worry, it will never come to THAT, right? I mean didn't Obama already say he didn't want to run the banks, or lending, or autos, or healthcare...

    June 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Dana

    In response to another poster who said that it looks like the government is taking a bigger and bigger bite out of the private sector.. I've got one thing to say.. well YEAH.. this country voted for a SOCIALIST! Could we expect anything different?!

    June 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. dan

    I can't believe the comments here. What's the problem. The cigarette companies have been upping the amount of nicotine in cigarettes for the last couple of decades. Why, cuz they know that once hooked, people will continue to buy their products until they get cancer and die. These companies don't give a darn about that, all they care about is $$. This is not new–the legislature passed this a couple of years ago and Bush (in the pocket of corporations and not caring one bit for the people dying from cigarettes) vetoed it!!. What I don't understand is why they aren't demanding the addictive drug nicotine be removed from cigarettes. Remove the drug, remove the addiction, no more smoking–VOILA – SO EASY. But unfortunately, common sense must be delivered in baby steps, so that all the nuts don't get in a dither. Hell, just look at the comments here, and you can see that there are still those that can't even handle a somewhat watered down legislation that makes sense. Lets instead build that road to nowhere in Alaska.

    June 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ Tennessee LIbertarian, who said "Communist News Network doesn't like anyone mentioning the similarities between the world in "Atlas Shrugged", and the world into which we are now going."

    Ayn Rand backed off her own philosophy later in life. Think there might be a reason? Think it might have something to do with greed and self-interested action not being capable of reaching overall balance within society when the few are so much mightier than the many? Think on it.

    June 12, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    @ J.P., who said "Kenyan Usurper"

    Congratulations, you're a retard!

    June 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. bess

    Watch out. Sugared cereal is next.

    I'm going to miss my Frosted Mini-Wheats.

    June 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Born Again Pagan


    You look more and more like a conservative spin blog every day.


    Is it a slow news day over at FOX? It appears all your hate for progressive politics is posted here on CNN instead.

    June 12, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Cali J

    People beware,
    If you buy the BS that this will save money spent on Tobacco related health care, just wait for the obesity clause to kick in and you're being taxed on the different foods you eat. Tobacco is legal just like alcohol. The government needs to stay out of our lives. You do-gooders and believers are the dumbest people on earth. Who asked you to save us all from ourselves? I'm not speaking about Christians, I'm speaking about all of you perfect people who think your ideas are what's best for everybody. Live and let live, just don't blow your smoke in my face.
    That's what the warning sign on the side of the pack is for.

    June 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Hmmmm......

    J.P. asked:
    Bigger question is will Barry remove the ash tray from his desk?

    J.P. – I don't think he can. I think it's permanent and looks an awful lot like the Presidential seal.....

    June 12, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Puzzled

    Why dosen't this President supply the American public with a valid birth certificate? You know why!!!!!

    June 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. joe smith

    too bad they can't find out what happened to the fiscal report from Freddie Mac, due out last month..apparrently, the American people who pony up, don't deserve an explanation..

    June 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Born Again Pagan

    phoenix86 June 12th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

    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!!!!!!


    You might want to get some education, or at least read some books on socialism and facism; this way you won't sound so ignorant. Socialism and facism are polarities.

    June 12, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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