FDA tobacco bill delayed

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An attempt to insert authority for the Food & Drug Administration to regulate tobacco into a children's health bill was thwarted on April 13 in a House panel. Sponsors of the child health bill, seeing the prospect that their legislation could become a controversial vehicle, temporarily pulled the bill from consideration by a panel of the House Commerce Committee. U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske (D., Iowa), who had planned to amend the bill to implement all the FDA's ad curbs and give the agency authority to regulate tobacco, said he expects to offer his proposal on other measures when Congress returns from its Easter break.

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