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A tobacco bill nearly a decade in the making is heading to President Barack Obama’s desk after clearing its final hurdle today on Capitol Hill. The House passed a measure to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco, confirming the Senate’s decision Thursday.

Source: ABC News

Date: 6/12/2009

Keys: Government regulation, marketing


Questions for discussion:

  • Is this a good or bad decision for other businesses that might be considered causing harm to some people – such as candy manufacturers? Explain your answer.
  • Is there a limit to government involvement regulating businesses?
  • What is that limit and explain your decision?

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