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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - President Obama on Monday signed into law what is being called the strongest anti-smoking measure ever. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate how cigarettes and other tobacco products are made, marketed and sold.
Tobacco companies must reveal all product ingredients to the FDA and seek approval for new products. Warning labels must be clearly visible, taking up at least half of the front and back of cigarette packs.
The law also watches out for children by banning flavored or candy flavored cigarettes, and banning advertisements and sponsorships of tobacco near school and playgrounds.
A measure Oncologist Dr. Phillip Roberts applauds. He said, "If tobacco companies market their products to children and adolescents before they're mentally and emotionally mature enough, then they get them addicted, and then they have a market for life and, of course, the child then dies prematurely because of heart disease, lung disease and different kinds of cancers. It's a very tragic situation."
The new law stops short of allowing the FDA to ban tobacco products.
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