The Food and Drug Administration is one step closer to being able to regulate tobacco products.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted Wednesday to approve the legislation to allow the FDA to control tobacco.
Under the bill, the FDA would also prevent cigarette sales to minors, strengthen warning labels and order dangerous ingredients to be removed.
Tobacco companies would fund the new regulations with a surcharge of about 2.5 cents per pack.
Critics of the bill said it would overwork an already short staffed FDA.