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Food and Drug Administration Issues Final Rule Regarding Sale, Distribution, and Use of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
Date:3/18/2010

Statement by Cheryl G. Healton, Dr PH, President and CEO, Legacy(SM)

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Cheryl G. Healton, Dr PH, President and CEO, Legacy(SM):

A rule issued today by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) underscores the historical progress made towards fighting the nation's number one cause of preventable death: tobacco-related disease.

On June 22, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). As required by that law, today FDA reissued the 1996 rule that was invalidated when the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2000 that the FDA did not have the authority to regulate tobacco.   The reissuance of the rule recognizes the visionary leadership of then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler and the dramatic evolution in only 15 years of this country's determination to regulate tobacco products, which comprise the single largest cause of preventable death and disease.  As a sign of how far the country has come, this rule is only one part of the comprehensive regulatory approach established by the FSPTCA that now applies to tob
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