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President Obama signed long-sought legislation June 22 authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, and among those cheering were the 25 faith groups in the Faith United Against Tobacco coalition. “Better late than never,” said Wesley “Pat” Padillo, a key advocacy official for the National Council of Churches. The coalition includes the NCC, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), American Baptist Churches USA, Epis copal Health Ministries, the United Church of Christ, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Reform Judaism’s Com mission on Social Action and the Islamic Society of North America.


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