The US house has passed new legislation that would insure that tobacco companies became regulated by federal authorities.
The proposed bill, called the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act aims to reduce the ability of tobacco companies to advertise their deadly products, and would impose stiff penalties for the selling of any form of tobacco to minors.
“This is truly a historic day in the fight against tobacco,” rep Waxman said. “But it took us far too long to get here.”
“With this legislation, we will place sharp and sorely needed limits on access to tobacco products and on tobacco advertising and marketing,” said Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bill passed the House overwhelmingly by a score of 326-102 margin, with even some of Bush’s own party voting in favor of it.
What’s even better about this bill, that must next go to the Senate, is that it is approved by both presidential candidates, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D Ill., meaning that whomever comes the next President of the US will be in favor of signing off on it.
Keeping to true form, Bush has threatened to veto the bill, but the likelyhood of the matter is that it will not get to him in time, as his Presidential run is almost over.