Senate Votes for FDA Regulation of Tobacco

Farmer inspects tobacco plants in a field near Winston-Salem, N.C.

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The U.S. Senate votes to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco as a drug. The legislation was part of a larger package to end federal price supports for tobacco farmers. But passage in the House is far from certain. NPR's David Welna reports.

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