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President Obama signed into law today the toughest new measures ever on the tobacco industry designed to stop young people from smoking,
a powerful habit that the president himself started as a teenager -- and one he is still grappling with on a day-to-day basis.
H.R. 1256: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - the president approved gives the US Food and Drug Administration sweeping authority to regulate ingredients in tobacco products, like tar and nicotine, as well as limit advertisements aimed at young people and have final say over new tobacco products. The law, which Congress passed overwhelmingly, also restricts makers of tobacco products from using candy or fruit flavorings in their products and bans them from advertising at sporting or entertainment events.