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Major Associations Band Together to Urge Congressional Action on Tobacco Legislation
Date:6/18/2008

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American School Health Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National School Boards Association today joined together to create one voice to urge Congress to pass H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which would give the FDA authority to regulate the tobacco industry.

These three associations, each formed to assist the Nation's youth, agree that H.R. 1108's restrictions on advertising, marketing and sales of tobacco products to children would dramatically improve the protection of youth's health.

"Children are the most vulnerable and susceptible to advertising gimmicks," said Anne L. Bryant, the executive director of the National School Boards Association. "Each day at our schools, there are 4,000 young people under the age of 18 who try smoking for the first time simply because tobacco companies continue to send them the message that smoking is okay."

"Congress has the power right now to stop those messages," Bryant continued. "The American School Health Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National School Boards Association are encouraging Congress to pass H.R. 1108. We cannot wait any longer for Congress to act while more and more children and young adults try tobacco products."

H.R. 1108 is currently pending a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would provide a national approach to insulating children from the $36-million-a-day advertising initiatives of the tobacco industry by:

-- Limiting advertising, marketing and sales of tobacco products to

children;

-- Banning the sale of cigarette flavored varieties;

-- Requiring more meaningful warning labels;

-- Mandating disclosure of the ingredients in tobacco products and

providing authority for the FDA to remove harmful ingredients;

-- Banning use of descriptive items on cigarette packs such as

"Mild" or "Low Tar"

For more information on each of these associations please visit http://www.ashaweb.org, http://www.principals.org and schoolhealth.nsba.org.


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