According The New York Times, the US House of Representatives will be voting Wednesday on “landmark” legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration broad power to regulate tobacco products.
The legislation would empower the F.D.A. to approve or reject current and proposed tobacco products and ingredients, based on scientific and health findings. But it would not allow a complete ban of tobacco products, or permit the agency to order the complete removal of nicotine. Those were key points in a compromise that engendered support for the legislation from Philip Morris, the nation’s leading cigarette maker.