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    Support for FDA Growing

    Poll finds many consumers wouldn't object to federal control of tobacco sales and marketing.

    BRISTOL, Conn. -- Most of those who responded to a Bristol Herald Courier online poll said they would favor the Food and Drug Administration controlling the sale and marketing of tobacco products.

    Last week's question asked readers if they support legislation before Congress that would give the FDA authority to regulate the sale and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including mandatory warning labels and disclosure of all ingredients.

    Of the nearly 1,300 votes, 790 -- 61 percent -- supported the legislation, while 34 percent -- 444 respondents -- said they oppose it. The remaining 2 percent were undecided or registered no opinion.

    The FDA began regulating tobacco in 1996, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the agency needs congressional approval to continue.

    Current legislation would amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to include any tobacco product intended for human consumption and place additional restrictions on the sale, advertising and promotion of all tobacco products.

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