Safer Cigarettes

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

July 16
10:26pm

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - No one says this could lead to a safer cigarette, but supporters of a bill expected to pass a key Senate committee this week say it should lead to safer smokes.

They want to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate the levels of tar, nicotine and other hazardous materials in tobacco products. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, more than 40 of them known cancer-causers.

The legislation also would let the government control how cigarettes are made and force the disclosure of their ingredients. Supporters claim all this should expose and ultimately limit the ways cigarettes are engineered to hook people and keep them addicted.

Opponents of the bill worry the public will assume cigarettes are safe if they're regulated by the FDA.

Smoking kills more than 400,000 Americans a year and is responsible for nearly one out of five deaths.


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  • by BILFORD T SAMPSON Location: lubbock texas on Jul 23, 2007 at 03:47 PM
    CIGS KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE.. JUST STOP ALL CIGS.
  • by David R.Berkshire Location: thomasville on Jul 18, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    as to the intersection of 319 / 267 where the latest accident occured... it's NOT the speed, however, it is the fact of people not paying attention to what their doing. speed did not run the RED light! the driver did. and i have been seeing a lot of accidents caused do to "cell phones". there should be a heafty fine for driving and talking on a cell phone. also, teens should not be givin the driving right till they graduate from high school. most teens are on our roads driving illegal. they drag race, drink n drive, loud music, yap on cell phones, have to many in the car, and generally just think they own the road. they have NO RESPECT for their elders. i have 2 teens. they will NOT be behind the wheel till they graduate from high school !!! i am a trucker, and i see it all. i was also a firefighter for over 15yrs.
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