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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate votes to regulate tobacco

Obama promises to sign a bill that would give FDA sway over contents and ads.

WASHINGTON (The Raleigh News & Observer) - The federal government would have broad new authority to regulate tobacco products, slash the nicotine content of cigarettes and restrict advertising under legislation overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate.

Health advocates cheered the 79-17 passage of the bill, which closely mirrors a version passed by the House, saying it could prevent thousands of deaths. One of every five Americans uses tobacco, and smoking-related disease kills nearly half a million a year, more than any other preventable cause of death.

The bill would direct the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the content and marketing of tobacco products. It would allow the agency to alter tobacco products' chemical makeup to affect both their taste and, health advocates hope, their addictive qualities.

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