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FDA to take control over tobacco industry

Major changes were made Monday for the tobacco industry. President Obama signed new legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration sweeping powers over the industry. The bill gives the F.D.A. the authority to regulate the marketing, advertising and manufacturing of tobacco products. The bill restricts advertising to young people, forces cigarette makers to put larger warnings on each pack, and bans flavored cigarettes. It also forbids cigarette makers from using words like "light" or "mild". The bill also gives the government the right to regulate how much nicotine is in cigarettes. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr has fought against the bill for years. "The United States Senate's made a big mistake. This is not in the public health interest," he said. North Carolina is the country's leading producer of tobacco, producing $ 686 million worth last year. Advocates of the bill say it will help save some of the 400,000 people who die from smoking related illness in the U.S. each year.

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