April 1, 2009 / 4:06 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-White House backs measure putting tobacco under FDA

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama strongly supports legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate cigarettes, the White House said on Wednesday.

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote later Wednesday on the bill, which would authorize the FDA to oversee the multibillion-dollar tobacco industry, including its advertisements and product designs.

The measure will "yield major benefits to the public health," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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