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The recently passed Tobacco Regulation Bill represents the latest crackdown on how companies can sell cigarettes. As 20,679 1930s doctors can tell you, it used to be a whole different ball game

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The June 11 passage of the FDA Tobacco Regulation Bill, which provides the U.S. government with extensive power to regulate tobacco products, is a major step for federal regulation of cigarette manufacturers. The bill provides the Food and Drug Administration with its most expansive authority over the tobacco industry to date: not only does it grant the FDA the power to dictate product ingredients and overrule new products, it compels tobacco companies to eliminate potentially misleading labels like "light" and "mild," regulate a product's ingredients and increase the size of the warning labels on cigarette packs. The tobacco industry is...

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