Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
The Senate passed and President Obama signed into law a bill to regulate the tobacco industry under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The bill will give the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate the manufacture and sales of any tobacco product.
Several New Tobacco Regulations Take Effect June 22, 2010:
- No More “Light” or “Mild” Cigarettes
- More Restrictions On Sales, Giveaways
Retailers will now no longer be able to sell cigarette packages with fewer than 20 cigarettes. Cigarette vending machines will be outlawed except in “very limited situations.” Also, free samples of cigarettes are no longer allowed as part of a marketing plan by the tobacco companies.
- Strict New Marketing Rules
Tobacco companies are also not allowed to sponsor any athletic, musical, social or cultural event or team. Hats and T-shirts will not be allowed to be sold with any tobacco brand or advertisement on them. Finally, any advertisement for cigarettes or smokeless tobacco will not be allowed to use music or sound effects.