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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Responds to FDA Expanding Regulatory Authority on Tobacco Products

May 5, 2016
Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced expanded authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah and cigars. 
“The FDA’s announcement today that it plans to regulate all tobacco products is just another example of the Obama Administration’s regulatory overreach and nanny-state mentality,” said Cole. “This regulation takes an overly-broad approach to regulating these products. While we can all agree that tobacco products should not be marketed to children, I still believe that my bipartisan amendment, recently approved by the Appropriations Committee in the Agriculture Appropriations bill, provides the same framework for new tobacco products without needlessly subjecting small businesses to unnecessary regulations and without treating law abiding adults like naïve children.”
Link to Cole’s amendment is available here.


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