Archive for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Letter: Moore’s vote appreciated

April 9, 2009

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I would like to thank Congressman Dennis Moore for being a cosponsor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256).

On April 2, Rep. Moore of our 2nd Congressional districct was the only U.S. House of Representatives member from Kansas to vote in favor of H.R. 1256, which passed through the House of Representatives by a strong bipartisan majority of 298 to 112. This important legislation now faces the U.S. Senate when they return from its spring recess.

Tobacco is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in our country, killing 440,000 people a year. Yet, the tobacco industry has been given special exemptions from every major consumer protection law in our country. Tobacco companies are free to manipulate their products to make them more addictive – and without disclosing that information to the public. They also still shamelessly market their products to youth,using youth-oriented packaging and free giveaways.

H.R. 1256 would give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to investigate tobacco product ingredients and to crack down on tobacco advertising aimed at youth. This legislation will save lives. It will also save money, because tobacco-related diseases currently cost our health care system $96 billion a year.

Rita Jones

Congressional District 3 Lead Ambassador

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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