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A Big Blow to Big Tobacco

On Monday the The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into a law, which is great news for lungs everywhere. So why is the word "family" in the name of the law? This piece of legislation gives the FDA authority to ban tobacco products that appeal to first-time smokers (who are primarily children), like candy-flavored cigarettes. It also bars the use of terms that make cigarettes appear healthier, like "low tar," "light," and "mild." The new law mandates that tobacco companies decrease the nicotine levels in cigarettes as well. Before signing the bill into law, President Obama acknowledged how difficult quitting smoking can be, especially those who start young. He said, "I know because I was one of those teenagers. I know how difficult it can be when you get started at a young age."

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