Navigation Links
House Passes Historic Bill to Protect Kids from Tobacco; Senator Grassley Should Cosponsor Legislation
Date:7/30/2008

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. House of Representatives today took a historic step to save lives by passing legislation that grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products, including the authority to crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority and broad, bipartisan support. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is a cosponsor. Public health organizations called on Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) to join him and cosponsor this life-saving legislation.

"Senator Grassley has a critical role to play in ensuring that strong FDA tobacco regulation is enacted into law," said William Corr, Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "The tobacco industry spends $13.4 billion a year marketing its products and $176 million in Iowa. We call on Senator Grassley to join Senator Harkin and cosponsor the bill that would grant the FDA authority over tobacco. It's time for Senator Grassley to stand up for Iowa's kids and help pass strong FDA legislation."

Among other things, the legislation would:

-- Crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids;

-- Require larger, more effective health warnings on tobacco products;

-- Require tobacco companies to disclose the contents of tobacco products;

-- Grant the FDA authority to require changes in tobacco products, such as removal or reduction of harmful ingredients;

-- Stop tobacco companies from misleading the public about health risks of their products.

Unbelievably, despite all the harm they cause, tobacco products are exempt from basic health regulations that apply to other products, such as food, drugs, and even cosmetics. The tobacco companies continue to take advantage of this lack of regulation to market their deadly and addictive products to our children, deceive consumers about the harm their products cause, make changes to their products without disclosing them (such as secretly increasing nicotine levels in cigarette smoke), and resist any meaningful change to make their products less harmful.

The Senate bill, sponsored by U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and John Cornyn (R-TX), has 57 sponsors and cosponsors. The legislation is also supported by more than 680 public health, faith and other organizations across the country, including every major national public health organization. Regulation of tobacco products by the FDA was endorsed last year by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the President's Cancer Panel. A poll conducted in June found that 70 percent of American voters support Congress passing the legislation.

Tobacco use is the nation's leading preventable cause of death, killing more than 400,000 people and costing nearly $100 billion in health care costs each year. In Iowa, tobacco use kills 4,500 residents each year and costs the state $1 billion annually in health care bills. Currently, over 18 percent of Iowa high school students smoke.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Lung Association Congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for Passage of Historic Tobacco Legislation
2. House Passes Historic Bill to Protect Kids From Tobacco; Senator Sununu Should Cosponsor Legislation
3. APHA Urges House to Protect Health of Americans by Passing Tobacco Legislation
4. AMA Calls on U.S. House to Better Protect Americans From the Dangers of Tobacco
5. This old healthy house
6. Health Hazards in Household Cleaners Exposed
7. Pelosi Statement on House Passage of Global AIDS Legislation
8. AARP NY Thanks Congress for Keeping Medicare Fair, Overriding White House Veto
9. AARP Thanks Congress for Keeping Medicare Fair, Overriding White House Veto
10. Chair, Ranking Member of U.S. House Judiciary Committee Urge DOJ to do Careful Study of Environmental Record of Vedanta/Sterlite, Other Would-Be Buyers of ASARCO
11. Congress Called on to Hold Dental Mercury Polluters Accountable at U.S. House Oversight Hearing
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 ... ... released fertility clinic data for 2014. Each year, reproductive endocrinologists are required to ... and SART, the main organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The ... adding BC and AD, saying it is time to set the record straight. Traditionally, ... says this simply cannot possibly be true and offers explanation. , “To start with, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... In its efforts of bringing quality senior care and expanding reach to ... as it welcomes Ferdie Vasquez of the new 1Heart Caregiver Services Las Vegas Franchise. ... working in various industries. He had been a Franchise owner of a mailing ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Monthly subscription boxes are all ... market. They recently reviewed the ZEN BOX , the aromatherapy subscription box. , ... essential oils (like lavender or frankincense) and one Zen Blend (like immune boost, sublime ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Dentists Insurance Company (TDIC), ... letter of intent with Moda to acquire Dentists Benefits Insurance Company ... by dentists 36 years ago, TDIC focuses exclusively on supporting the dental profession ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase of ... valve repair and stent business, healthcare research firm ... more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that ... device areas, with double-digit growth expected the next ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016  Marking its one year anniversary since ... cancer risk test, Color Genomics announced ... highly impact the most common hereditary cancers affecting ... Test analyzes hereditary cancer risks for breast, colorectal, ... The Color Test is physician ordered and includes ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- The blood testing market in China ... and The Freedonia Group in a recent report.  The ... healthcare research firm said that China ... and in improving testing at the provincial level.   The ... Blood Testing Market in China , which utilized ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: