Perspective: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: A ‘Look Back’ to Understand the Future

| 01 June 2011

Nearly 50 years ago, the detrimental health consequences from the use of tobacco products became evident when the US Surgeon General informed the nation that smoking causes lung cancer.1 Congress subsequently initiated tobacco product regulation in 1965 with passage of the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act, requiring warning labels and a ban on television and radio advertising.2 Congress continued to establish a regulatory scheme for tobacco products until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempted to regulate tobacco products with the FDA Rule of 1996.3 The FDA Rule of 1996 was the legislation in question before the US Supreme Court in FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation4 in 2000, where the court ruled FDA lacked the legal authority to regulate tobacco.


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