Senate Passes Bill to Let FDA Regulate Tobacco By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff Writer Friday, June 12, 2009 Landmark legislation approved by the Senate yesterday will give the federal government sweeping new powers to oversee tobacco products, allowing regulators to control factors including the amount of addictive nicotine in a cigarette and how that cigarette is packaged and marketed. For the 20 percent of Americans who smoke, the law will mean confronting more graphic warnings of the risks of their habit every time they pick up a pack. The law also bans most cigarette flavorings. For the $89 billion tobacco industry, it will mean new requirements to disclose the ingredients in cigarettes and other tobacco products, and severe limitations on how they are advertised and promoted. The government could also issue new rules on nicotine content, flavorings and other product features. washingtonpost.com The Obama administration strikes again. They've now taken over the tobacco industry. How many industries does this make now?