Cigarette laws get a lot tougher this week

Cigarette laws get a lot tougher this week
Cigarette laws get a lot tougher this week

Tobacco companies will no longer be able to use the words "light," "low-tar" and "mild" on their labels without an explicit federal approval, and must affix larger, bolder health warnings to chewing tobacco and other smokeless products.

The requirements are part of a new set of rules the Federal Drug Administration issued this week to regulate the tobacco industry. The agency, which began overseeing tobacco products last year, has already banned fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes such as toffee, lime, and strawberry, that have special appeal for children.