From: Congress, To: Philip Morris et al.August 7, 2008 - by Donny Shaw
In late July the House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which for the first time would put tobacco products under regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. But the bill also throws the cigarette companies a serious bone:
>A loophole in a sweeping tobacco regulation bill would give the industry a 21-month window to introduce certain new products without first getting federal approval.
UPDATE: I should also mention that this isn’t the only apparent concession to the tobacco companies in this bill. One of the things the bill is expressly designed to do is ban flavored cigarettes. However, the most popular cigarette flavor, menthol, is specifically exempted from the ban.