Posted by: audreybenenati | March 24, 2010

Tobacco Rule Proposed in ’95 to Go Into Effect


WASHINGTON — Fifteen years after the Food and Drug Administration first proposed banning the sale and marketing of tobacco products to teenagers, top government officials announced Thursday that they would finally put the rule into effect.

Provisions in a new federal rule include restrictions on store displays, like this one in Massachusetts in 2006.

The rule was hugely controversial when first proposed in 1995 and was never adopted by the agency because of a Supreme Court ruling that legislation was needed to empower the F.D.A. to regulate tobacco products. That legislation was passed and signed by President Obama last June. The rule goes into effect on June 22.

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