H.R 1256, FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products and How it Effects the Smoker

By Kid A · Jun 23, 2009 · ·
  1. Kid A

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama signed landmark legislation Monday giving the Food and Drug Administration new power to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco.

    President Obama says the new law "represents change that's been decades in the making."

    The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives the FDA power to ban candy-flavored and fruit-flavored cigarettes, widely considered appealing to first-time smokers, including youths. It also prohibits tobacco companies from using terms such as "low tar," "light" or "mild," requires larger warning labels on packages, and restricts advertising of tobacco products.

    It also requires tobacco companies to reduce levels of nicotine in cigarettes.

    The new law "represents change that's been decades in the making," Obama said during a bill-signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
    "The decades-long effort to protect our children [has] emerged victorious. ... Today, change has come."

    Despite a significant decrease in the percentage of Americans who smoke in recent decades, more than 400,000 Americans still die from tobacco-related illnesses every year, the president noted. Tobacco-related health care costs exceed $100 billion annually.

    Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris USA, the nation's biggest cigarette company, previously called congressional passage of the law "an important step forward." At the same time, however, it also expressed "First Amendment reservations about certain provisions, including those that could restrict a manufacturer's ability to communicate truthful information to adult consumers about tobacco products."

    Phillip Morris makes such brands as Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Chesterfield and Basic.

    A narrow majority of adult Americans opposes the law, according to a Gallup Poll released Monday. Fifty-two percent of Americans -- including most smokers -- are opposed to the measure, while 46 percent support it. The survey was conducted June 14-17.

    Before signing the bill, the president acknowledged the struggle that young people in particular face when they try to stop smoking.

    "I know because I was one of those teenagers. I know how difficult it can be when you get started at a young age," he said.

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    According to the bill, which can be read online at the Library of Congress website, our cigarettes will be affects in these ways:

    1. Flavored tobacco products will be prohibited. Clove, vanilla, grape, chocolate, etc, will no longer be available. Menthol will stay.

    2. No flavored blunt wraps anymore....

    3. Lower nicotine content, but less additives.

    4. no more "light" cigarettes.

    5. Warning labels covering 50% of package.


    These are just the main things that will take place. I am infuriated, mainly because this bill is hypocrisy. Cig taxes were raised to fund medical programs, and this bill is designed to limit tobacco sales, crippling one of our most lucrative industries in a time of recession. Now, it may reduce the amount of sales and the amount of smokers, but I think, like light beer, that people will smoke MORE cigarettes due to lowered nicotine levels.

    Maybe they don't see this, maybe they do and this is just a smokescreen to raise tobacco sales, afterall, they know we are addicted to the product.

    What do you smokers, like me, have to say about all this?

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  1. chillinwill
    Obama Signs Tobacco Bill

    Clove cigarettes are officially history. So are "light" cigarettes and your favorite Marlboro billboard next to KinderCare.

    Monday in the Rose Garden, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the responsibility to regulate tobacco products.

    Before signing the bill, Obama said that tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and he detailed all the ways that kids get hooked on smokes before they turn 18. He ought to know, he said, because "I was one of these teenagers, so I know how difficult it can be to break this habit when it's been with you for a long time."

    Is the prez still taking drags while nobody's looking? He wouldn't say, but he did say what's in the new law:

    * FDA regulations will supersede weaker state laws, a major expansion of federal power;
    * The bill bans the words "light" or "mild" in tobacco advertising, as well as any words that give the impression that one cigarette is less dangerous than another;
    * It bans flavored tobacco products, like clove or cappuccino cigarettes (yes, they exist);
    * It requires companies to submit a complete list of ingredients in the tobacco, paper, filter and other components, and allows the FDA to require the removal of any additive it says is dangerous;
    * It requires this list of ingredients to be placed on all labels, which will itemize chemicals added to tobacco products;
    * It restricts tobacco marketing to children, such as tobacco billboards near schools.

    Finally, the legislation applies to all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, and it passes all of the additional costs of new regulations back to the tobacco companies.

    Patricia Murphy
    June 22, 2009
    Politics Daily
  2. Kid A
    I do appreciate your post, but is pretty much a reiteration of mine. No hard feelings.

    I was under the impressions, as well as many people I have spoken to about this, that people drink more light beer and smoke more light cigarettes than normal beer and normal cigarettes.

    The FDA and the tobacco companies know this, and considering the tax hike on tobacco and the future decrease in nicotine levels, it seems blatantly obvious that we are being conned. People will smoke more because of lower nicotine levels, and Big Tobacco will make more cash because of the tax hike.

    This whole bill is a travesty.

    The money made from the increased taxes is going toward medical research and programs, yet because of the lower overall nicotine content, people will smoke more, and the whole point of the bill is to reduce smoking.

    The bill's aim is to reduce smoking, yet it will most likely increase smoking, and more money will be made for medical programs by them cashing in on us addicts.

    If politics has a nasty stench, this bill reeks like a field of cadavers covered in shit.
  3. Johan73
    Interesting developments. Does that really mean clove cigarettes wouldn't be permitted in the U.s. anymore? If so swim better stock up on djarum while he can! Thanks Kid A and chillinwill. I don't think anyone is trying to steal the thread, it's just sometimes other news sources on the same topic have additional information or a different viewpoint but which don't necessarily justify creating a separate thread?
  4. chibi curmudgeon
    Does anyone know if it'll just be illegal to sell flavored cigs, if you can buy them elsewhere and have them shipped into the U.S. or bring them through the border?
  5. RaverHippie
    that would be importing an explicitly illegal product. not going to be looked at very lightly by anyone. As far as the punishment goes, who knows.
  6. waiting281
    oh wow, so this does include cloves? your right about the djarums!!! ahaha, I'm about to go get as many as I can, those will be sorely missed :/
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