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Pictured are packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a Chicago area news stand Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. New tobacco products have come nearly to a halt in the U.S. because regulatory reviews for thousands of applications required by a 2009 law are taking much longer than the law requires. Though it might sound like good news from a health perspective, the halt demonstrates how tricky it is to start regulating an industry.

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FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

Talk about a smoke break. Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.

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