Snap Fact #142
President Obama Signed The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act!
Under the support and guidance of President Obama, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was passed by Congresse and signed into law by the President on June 22, 2009. This act gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority to regulate the tobacco industry.
Specifically, the legislation imposes new labels and warnings on each tobacco pack as well as in product advertisements. The intention was to raise awareness of the harm of tobacco on all users, especially minors and youths. To this end the act also forbade flavored cigarettes that were sold to attract and entice children to pick up the habit as they grew older.