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Bush Against Regulating Tobacco

The Bush administration says letting the FDA regulate tobacco products could give the false impression that such products are safe.

That's according to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt in a letter to Congress. The letter is the strongest sign yet that the administration will try to block a bill giving federal
health authorities the power to regulate tobacco products. The bill appears to have the backing of majorities in both chambers of Congress.

The bill would let the Food and Drug Administration regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. The government would not be able to outlaw tobacco or ban nicotine, but regulators could demand elimination of other hazardous ingredients in cigarettes.

Leavitt objects to having an agency associated with public health regulate tobacco products. As he puts it, "Unlike the medical products FDA regulates, tobacco products cannot be made
safe.''

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