FDA Authority

FDA Authority

President Barack Obama signs into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products for the first time in U.S. history.45 According to the World Health Organization, 100 million people around the world died from smoking-related illnesses in the 20th century and it is estimated there will be a billion smoking-related deaths this century.46 From the late 1970s, with Americans smoking less, the industry began an aggressive export strategy, aided and abetted by U.S. trade officials in both Republican and Democratic administrations, from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama, prying open foreign markets of younger, replacement smokers.

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