Kennedy Praises Signing of Bill to Regulate Tobacco

Press Release

By:  Edward Kennedy, Sr.
Date: June 22, 2009
Location: Washington, DC


Kennedy Praises Signing of Bill to Regulate Tobacco

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement praising the signing of H.R. 1256, legislation to empower the FDA to regulate tobacco products:

"Today is a day for special celebration as President Obama signs into law this long-overdue authority for FDA to regulate tobacco products. Decade after decade, Big Tobacco has seduced millions of teenagers into lifetimes of addiction and premature death. Enactment of this legislation will finally put a stop to that. It is truly a life-saving act, and a welcome demonstration that this Congress is capable of enacting major health reform."