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Obama to Sign FDA-Tobacco Bill Into Law

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An anti-smoking bill that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sweeping powers to regulate tobacco products will be signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama.

Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the FDA will be able to ban labels such as "low tar" and "light," outlaw candy flavorings, and order companies to reduce nicotine in tobacco products. The law also requires large graphic warnings on cartons of cigarettes, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA will also be able to regulate what goes into tobacco products, make those ingredients public, and prohibit marketing campaigns, particularly those that target children.

The legislation was opposed by former President George W. Bush, who said he would veto it after it passed the House of Representatives last year, the AP reported.

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