"We're a long way from solving the problem," said Matt Myers, the group's president. He said that although a much smaller share of Americans are smoking now than in 1965, when the surgeon general issued a report linking smoking to lung cancer, the number dying from tobacco use hasn't changed.
The Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act will require tobacco companies to disclose detailed information about their products' ingredients and will allow the FDA to require changes to protect public health.
"If done right," the bill could save millions of lives, said Greg Connolly of Harvard University's School of Public Health. He supports it but has "very, very serious concerns." He fears the FDA may do Philip Morris' bidding and focus on finding a "safer cigarette." Instead, he said, it should focus on reducing tobacco use.
"The critical issue," he said, "is what route the FDA will take."