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Health Organizations Cheer Senate Vote on Tobacco Control
Date:6/11/2009

the American Society of Clinical Oncology, stated, "Tobacco use is associated with increased risk for at least 15 types of cancer and is responsible for 30 percent of cancer deaths. Lung cancer has emerged from relative obscurity at the start of the 20th Century to become the most common type of cancer today, with 87 percent of all cases attributable to smoking. To reverse this trend, the FDA must be able to step in and regulate these deadly products."

And Dr. Nancy Nielsen, president of the American Medical Association, said, "Passage of this historic legislation by both the House and Senate is a victory for public health over Big Tobacco." She noted, "The actions resulting from this landmark legislation may make people think twice before picking up a cigarette. The sad truth is that tobacco-related deaths are the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S."

And the American Lung Association added this:

"Today marks an historic culmination of a more than 20-year journey to provide the (FDA) urgently needed regulatory control over the tobacco industry," said Paul G. Billings, the American Lung Association's vice president for policy and advocacy. "This long-overdue legislation will protect kids and reduce the terrible human and financial burden caused by tobacco use in this country."

"While we celebrate this notable victory, we recognized that we have yet to win the war," added Charles D. Connor, the lung association president and CEO. "As the FDA tobacco legislation continues its way to the President's desk for signature, we will also continue our work for higher tobacco taxes, smoke-free laws and funding of tobacco control and prevention programs at the state level to reduce tobacco use and save lives."

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