These reports were published in the November, 14, 2008, issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
These new reports follow an earlier CDC report that found the smoking rate among high school students -- 20 percent in 2007 -- has not declined significantly since 2003, following a 40 percent decline between 1997 and 2003.
The lack of greater progress in reducing smoking is troubling and
inexcusable given the overwhelming scientific evidence of what works to
reduce tobacco use. We know how to win the fight against tobacco use. But
we will not win it -- and our progress could even reverse -- without the
political leadership to implement proven solutions at all levels of
government. Recent landmark reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and
the President's Cancer Panel agreed on the proven, science-based measures
that Congress and the states must take:
-- At the federal level, Congress should enact the long-overdue legislation
granting the FDA authority over tobacco products. The U.S. House of
Representatives on July 30 voted 326 to 102 to approve this legislation,
and it currently has 60 sponsors in the Senate, including
President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This
legislation presents the incoming Administration and Congress with the
opportunity for an early, bipartisan victory that would significantly
improve the nation's health. Among other things, this legislation
would crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids; require larger,
more effective health warnings on tobacco p
|SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids|
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