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Former Presidents have dodged this issue because it was such a hot potato. At least, it was until now.

from Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would gain new power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products under legislation passed by a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday.

The proposal, which passed 39 to 13 but must still win approval by the full House and Senate, would authorize the FDA to oversee the controversial, multibillion-dollar tobacco industry, including its advertisements and product designs. The FDA already oversees drugs, devices, most foods, cosmetics and animal drugs.

If the term “government intrusion” doesn’t hold any meaning for you now.

It never will.

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