The House of Representatives on Thursday passed by a wide margin legislation to give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers over tobacco products, which kill an estimated 400,000 Americans each year.
Despite the 298-to-112 House vote, though, a closer battle is likely in the Senate between public health advocates and some tobacco industry supporters. Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, the nation’s leading tobacco producing state, has threatened a filibuster. Read more here.
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