Stop Smoking As Senate Passes Family Smoking And Tobacco Control Act

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Hopefully more people will stop smoking and will find it easier to quitting smoking after the U.S. Senate passes the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act to heavily regulate the tobacco industry.

Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary just released a statement on the Senate's passing of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act, in which she praises the victory in the fight for helping people to stop smoking and quitting the habit. It aims to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees' Retirement System, and for other purposes.

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Sebelius said that "today's vote was a victory in the fight to protect public health, and reduce the death and suffering tobacco products cause every year. This legislation is a key part of our plans to cut health care costs and reduce the number of Americans who smoke. I hope the House will act quickly and approve this legislation. Our department looks forward to implementing this critical legislation and continuing our work to reduce tobacco use."

The Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act was sponsored by Rep Henry Waxman from California and was introduced on 3/3/2009. It defines a tobacco product as any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption. Prohibits a tobacco product from being marketed in combination with any other article or product regulated under FFDCA. Requires the Secretary to regulate tobacco products. However, it also excludes from FDA authority: the tobacco leaf that is not in the possession of a tobacco product manufacturer; the producers of the tobacco leaf, unless the producer is also a manufacturer; and tobacco farms.

The Act will direct the Secretary to establish within FDA: the Center for Tobacco Products to implement this Act; and an identifiable office to provide technical and other nonfinancial assistance to assist small tobacco product manufacturers in complying with this Act. Hopefully the smokers will see a positive trend in this Act and be encouraged to stop smoking by quitting the bad habit.

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