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Sen. Tom Harkin Votes to Protect America's Kids From Tobacco
Date:5/20/2009

WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) for his leadership role in Senate committee approval of legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products, including the authority to crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids. Senator Harkin, a longtime leader in the fight to protect children from tobacco, helped lead the debate on the bill in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), which approved the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Senator Harkin is also a co-sponsor of the legislation, S. 982, and is a senior member of the HELP Committee.

Thanks to Senator Harkin's leadership, we are a critical step closer to enacting this historic legislation to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives. We look forward to working with Senator Harkin to bring this bill before the full Senate and enact it into law in the near future. FDA regulation of tobacco products, the nation's number one cause of preventable death, is an essential step toward improving health and reducing health care costs in the United States.

Senator Harkin has worked to grant the FDA authority over tobacco products for more than a decade, and legislation he has previously introduced laid the foundation for the bill approved today. As leader of the HELP Committee's Prevention and Public Health Working Group, Senator Harkin is currently drafting the prevention and public health title of he
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