If U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D–CA) has his way, the Food and Drug Administration will soon gain the ability to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products in addition to the drugs and foods it already oversees. As Reuters reports , Waxman's bill cleared a House of Representatives panel yesterday, 39–13, but it must still win approval by the full House and Senate. Some cigarette manufacturers, such as Philip Morris, are on board, while others oppose the legislation. It remains to be seen whether President Barack Obama, a former smoker himself, would support the bill.
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