After three years of aggressive efforts to regulate tobacco products, the Obama administration largely stopped during the 2012 election year, according to a new report from the leading lung health advocacy group.
The American Lung Association's new annual report on federal and state anti-tobacco efforts (PDF) detailed a range of administration actions that were expected to occur in 2012 but never materialized, such as FDA rules asserting jurisdiction over tobacco products other than cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.
“We haven't seen much progress or public statements on tobacco recently,” said Paul Billings, senior vice president for advocacy and education at the American Lung Association. “We're hoping as the year moves ahead that we'll see renewed progress.”
The Obama administration won high praise from anti-smoking groups when it championed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009, to give FDA authority to regulate cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. And that action was followed by two years of regulatory efforts to beat back tobacco use.