Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

Support tobacco bill

November 29, 2007

With 4,000 children trying their first cigarette every day, the tobacco industry spending nearly $40 million every day on egregious marketing tactics. Declines in smoking rates among both children and adults stalling indicate we're on the wrong path toward decreasing the terrible burden tobacco has on our country.

A bill in Congress supported by 550 public health groups, including the American Cancer Society, would rein in the tobacco industry's deceptive practices.

The legislation, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (HR 1108/S 625) would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, enabling it to restrict tobacco advertising and promotions, stop illegal sales of tobacco products to children and require tobacco companies to disclose the ingredients in their products.

Tobacco products, which kills 440,000 Americans every year, have gone unregulated for far too long. The tobacco industry markets its deadly products to kids, misleads the public about the harm of tobacco use, and manipulates the ingredients in cigarettes to increase the likelihood of addiction.

Our elected leaders in Congress must protect all Americans by quickly enacting this critical legislation that will prevent many children from ever beginning to smoke, help many smokers quit, and save lives.

Our own Rep. Dennis Moore is a co-sponsor of this bill, and we thank him for his support.

Rita Jones

De Soto American Cancer Society Relay For Life Chairman

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