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American Lung Association Report Card: Federal Government Makes Major Strides; Most States Flunk for Neglecting to Prevent Tobacco-Caused Disease
Date:1/12/2010

Strips, and Sticks in Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Portland, Oregon in 2009. Camel Orbs, the size of Pez candies, are mint- and honey-flavored.  Facing new regulations that could cut their profits, Reynolds American, Lorillard and some smaller tobacco companies also sued to overturn many marketing restrictions in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a lawsuit that is still pending as of press time.

The failure of the federal government and each state government to get all "A" grades for enacting strong and effective tobacco control laws comes at a critical time. Tobacco control policies are extraordinarily popular. But the tobacco industry is not letting up on its aggressive marketing and promotion strategies to spur increased smoking. Until elected officials overcome their fears of standing up to the tobacco industry, hundreds of thousands of lives will be tragically lost and billions of dollars will continue to be wasted.

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

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