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HR 1256 - FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products - Key Vote

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Ben Cardin voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 111-31 -

Title: FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (307-97) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (79-17) - (Key vote)

Title: FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.

Highlights:
  • Grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products (Sec. 101).
  • Requires tobacco manufacturers to submit a complete list of ingredients, additives, and components of all tobacco products within six months, and to also notify the FDA of any subsequent changes (Sec. 101).
  • Requires tobacco manufacturers to submit all product and marketing research, including any data pertaining to the health risks associated with tobacco use, to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Sec. 101).
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to annually publish an easy-to-understand report on the harmful ingredients in every tobacco product (Sec. 101).
  • Requires all owners and operators of companies manufacturing or processing tobacco products to register with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and to be inspected once every two years (Sec. 101).
  • Prohibits the use of spicy, fruity, or other natural or artificial flavors (except menthol and tobacco) in cigarettes (Sec. 101).
  • Prohibits the FDA from banning existing tobacco products or requiring that they eliminate nicotine (Sec. 101).
  • Bans companies from promoting products as lower-risk alternatives to traditional tobacco unless the FDA certifies that its sale is likely to improve public health (Sec. 101).
  • Allows the Food and Drug Administration to collect quarterly fees from tobacco manufacturers for the purpose of funding tobacco regulation activities (Sec. 101).
  • Orders a study on the public health implications of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco (Sec. 104).
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a plan relating to enforce restrictions on the advertising and promotion of menthol and other cigarettes to minors (Sec. 105).
  • Specifies warning label requirements for tobacco products and advertisements, including location, label size, font size, and color (Sec. 201, 204).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (298-112) - (Key vote)

Title: FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.

Highlights:
  • Grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) power to regulate tobacco products (Sec. 101).
  • Requires tobacco product manufacturers to disclose all ingredients in its products, the form and delivery method of nicotine, and any research into the health, toxicological, behavioral, or physiologic effects of tobacco products to the FDA and notify the FDA of any future changes to any of the above (Sec. 101).
  • Requires tobacco manufacturers to release all marketing research documents to the FDA (Sec. 101).
  • Requires tobacco manufacturers to notify the FDA of any future changes to the ingredients of their products (Sec. 101).
  • Requires all owners and operators of companies manufacturing or processing tobacco products to register with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and to be inspected once every two years (Sec. 101).
  • Prohibits the FDA from banning existing tobacco products or requiring that they eliminate nicotine (Sec. 101).
  • Requires FDA review of new tobacco products before they can go to market unless they are similar to products marketed before February 15, 2007 (Sec. 101).
  • Bans companies from promoting products as lower-risk alternatives to traditional tobacco unless the FDA certifies that its sale is likely to improve public health (Sec. 101).
  • Establishes a mechanism to assess fees on tobacco companies and traders to finance FDA oversight of the industry (Sec. 101).
  • Orders a study on the public health implications of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products (Sec. 104).
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a plan relating to enforce restrictions on the advertising and promotion of menthol and other cigarettes to minors (Sec. 105).
  • Mandates larger, more varied, and more prominent warning labels on tobacco products (Secs. 201, 204).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products

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