WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which they are members, approved report language that would urge the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue regulations asserting its regulatory authority over tobacco products–including cigars–as part of the 2013 appropriations bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA & Related Agencies. The measure now moves to the full Senate for its consideration.
In 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act, which expanded the authority of the FDA to regulate all tobacco products. The law banned flavored cigarettes, but not flavored cigars.