STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO GIVE THE FDA REGULATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by the House of Representatives, which will give the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products:
"I am extremely pleased that a strong bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives has passed legislation empowering the Food & Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. FDA regulation of cigarettes - the most lethal of all consumer products - is long overdue. I am confident that the Senate will approve it expeditiously, and send it to President Obama for his signature."