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New Mississippi Poll: Voters Strongly Support FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products
Date:5/28/2009

WASHINGTON, May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new statewide poll of registered voters finds that 62 percent of voters support Congress passing a bill to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products. The U.S. Senate is expected to debate this issue next week, and Senators Cochran and Wicker will play a key role in determining whether Congress will finally pass this life-saving legislation.

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"Senators Cochran and Wicker have a critical role to play in ensuring that strong FDA tobacco regulation is enacted into law," said Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Both Senators Cochran and Wicker were cosponsors of this legislation last year and we urge them to vote for the bill when it's on the floor this year."

Support for FDA legislation crosses party lines, with strong majorities of Republicans (65 percent), Democrats (60 percent) and independents (58 percent) favoring FDA regulation of tobacco. In addition, support for FDA legislation is strong across virtually all demographic groups, with majorities of voters in every age bracket, education level, and income level supporting FDA regulation.

Support among the state's voters for FDA regulation of tobacco climbs even higher (80 percent) when voters hear specific provisions of the bill.

The poll shows:

  • 88 percent support restricting tobacco sales to children by requiring ID checks for younger buyers and fining retailers who sell tobacco to minors.
  • 88 percent support requiring the tobacco companies to inform the FDA any time they make changes to cigarettes and other
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