Boston (ChatterShmatter) – A vote by the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week has given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate the Tobacco industry.
Approved by the House panel, the new bill has been under a great deal of scrutiny over the past few months. The FDA now has the permission to have regulatory authority over tobacco products.
All of this may allow the FDA to ban certain types of cigarettes such as candy-flavored cigarettes.
The goal of the bill is to try to prevent younger people from starting smoking.
Although the votes came in at 39 in favor and 13 against, the majority of Democrats supported the bill, while many Republicans didn’t.
With a long road ahead, the bill is one step closer to be made into a law.