The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 On February 12, 2012 a federal court ruled that the new graphic warning labels scheduled to be placed on cigarettes packages in September 2012 violate tobacco companies’ first Amendment right. These warning labels were required by The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 which was signed by President Obama on June 22, 2009. Rep. henry A. Waxman, the author and champion of the Food and Drug Administration-tobacco bill, said that the FDA is the only agency equipped to limit and reduce the damage that tobacco use does to the nation’s health, and stem the recruitment of new smokers among the nation’s youth(Healy, 2009). On the other hand, Community health sciences professor Michael Siegel said that the Act creates the appearance of regulation without allowing actual regulation (Sanford, 2012). The FDA should have powers to influence tobacco use by the Act. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the main purpose of this Act is to preserve the well-being of U.S. citizens, or rule the cigarette companies, how the package labels influence tobacco use, and if the Act violated Freedom of Speech of cigarette companies, then what the Act can do anything effective to prevent youth smokers except package warnings. These are important questions because now that the court ruled the regulation which had been success to influence on youth smokers, the U.S. government needs to find another effective way to prevent youth smokers as soon as possible.
Tobacco Control Act
According to the Food and Drug Administration, The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law on June 22, 2009. It gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health(“Overview of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Consumer...
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