WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has overwhelmingly passed legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Anti-tobacco advocates say Wednesday's vote is a major victory, but the bill faces strong opposition from the Bush Administration.
Although it has enough support to pass the Senate, Lawmakers may not have enough time to finish it this year.
The Bill would tighten restrictions on advertising and sales of tobacco products to minors, and set up a new process for the FDA to review tobacco products.
It represents a compromise between major anti-smoking organizations and a leading tobacco producer, Philip Morris USA.