University of California Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Paper

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Topic: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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University of California Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Paper
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Family smoking prevention and tobacco control act
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FAMILY SMOKING PREVENTION AND TOBACCO CONTROL ACT
Table of contents

1. Cover page……………………………………………………………..1
2. Table of Contents ……………………………………………………...2
3. Introduction…………………………………………………………….3
4. History of the act……………………………………………………….4
5. Its implementation………………………………………………….…..5
6. Impact on business and society…………………………………...……11
7. Policy analysis…………………………………………………………13
8. References…………………………………… ………………………..14

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Introduction
For many decades tobacco products remained unregulated and especially the outside of
required labels. Tobacco products are very harmful and that has scientifically been proven many
years ago but despite that fact, more than 2% of the world population are active smokers. The
case worsens when even underage and school goers engage in smoking with a large number
turning to addicts before reaching the legal age. This is what triggered the relevant agencies and
especially the FDA to dig deep so as to understand what the problem is (Manz, 2010). After
intensive research, it was found that advertising and lack of appropriate warnings were part of
the problem and largely influenced smoking and use of tobacco products. The main reason for
drafting the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act was to reduce the smoking rate in
the country and also to give the FDA the authority to inspect tobacco products. Since the act was
passed back in 2009, there has been mixed reactions of whether it was necessary or not, the
business class felt very vulnerable while consumers were also affected. Ten years since its
implementation started and the impacts can be felt. The essence of this paper is to discuss the
Family smoking prevention and tobacco control act which was signed into law in 2009 by
President Obama. The paper will give a deep analysis of the act starting with its history,
implementation, and the impacts among other details.
There are different effects of using tobacco products including different cancers and even
addiction. This is what makes regulation necessary and many specialists even argue that tobacco
products should be banned for good. The tobacco control act is very complex acts with several
restrictions not just to manufacturing but also to marketing and distribution of tobacco products.
It has been proven that it is not possible to allow the sale of tobacco products without appropriate
regulations considering that effects it has on users (Esrock, Walker, & Hart, 2014). The act gives

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very tough marketing and advertising rules that are not good for business but generally, they
have been appreciated by the general public. Before the introduction of the tobacco control act
the annual death rate resulting from the use of tobacco products and especially smoking was very
high. Use of tobacco products was also a problem for the country and very expensive as well
with the federal government being forced to use over $3 billion annually for health-related
issues. To handle this problem, the government decides that it was necessary to have a reliable
regulation act that would ensure that the public is protected.
History of the Act
Before the Tobacco control act was introduced, it had become clear that manufacturers
were misleading the public not just on the contents of their products but also on the effects of
different products. Research conducted prior to the introduction of the act showed that different
smokers started smoking without knowing the actual impacts or effects. Many smokers and
especially teenagers thought it was good for their health as misleading adverts would put it. By
2008, more than 12% of the entire population under the legal age were active smokers and over
54% had at some point tested a tobacco product. There are different reasons as to why people
choose to start smoking but the main concern is that people should not be misled by the industry.
To handle the influence of the industry to different users, the FDA sought to have a policy in
place that would give it more powers in inspecting and regulating tobacco products. Before 2009,
the tobacco industry had gone rogue and majorly targeted the youth and the vulnerable
population rather than those who have attained the legal age. Mainly tobacco products are not
supposed to be targeting youths or any other vulnerable group but this was the case since the
‘90s. The problem is not with tobacco products or their contents because that has not changed a

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