A Senate committee is embracing a bill that
would allow the FDA to regulate cigarettes for the first time.
The agency would be able to restrict tobacco advertising,
regulate warning labels and remove hazardous ingredients. The FDA
could also reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.
The bill, which was approved 13-8, was crafted over the years by
Senator Edward Kennedy with health groups and tobacco giant Philip
Morris. It has broad bipartisan support in the Senate, with more
than 50 co-sponsors.
Still, not every lawmaker agrees. North Carolina U.S.Senator Richard Burr says he won't rule out trying to hold up the bill on
the Senate floor. Burr says he thinks the legislation is
"misguided" and he questions whether the FDA should be required
to regulate yet another product.