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American Lung Association Congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for Passage of Historic Tobacco Legislation
Date:7/30/2008

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for its historic passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act today. The overwhelming margin of support this legislation received highlights the bipartisan consensus that the time has come for it to become law. The American Lung Association now calls on the U.S. Senate, where the legislation has 57 sponsors, to pass this important public health bill in September.

"This legislation will finally provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with the authority it needs to regulate the marketing, production and distribution of tobacco products, which have been historically exempt from the most basic oversight," said Bernadette A. Toomey, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "The House of Representatives is to be commended for its vote, which history will look back upon as a turning point in our nation's battle against deadly tobacco products."

Each year, more than 438,000 Americans die from tobacco-related diseases, including lung cancer, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars on marketing in an attempt to addict a new generation of tobacco consumers. Tragically, more than 1,300 American children become regular smokers each day.

"As our nation wrestles with how to pay for increasing health care costs, we must look at the tremendous financial burden caused by tobacco in this nation," Toomey added. "Tobacco use costs the United States an estimated $193 billion annually, including $96 billion in direct health care expenditures."

The American Lung Association extends a heartfelt thank you to lead sponsors of the tobacco bill, Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Tom Davis (R-VA), along with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI), for their tremendous leadership and commitment to this legislation and to protecting public h
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