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Virginia Faith Leaders Call on Senators Webb & Warner to Cosponsor Legislation to Protect Kids from Tobacco
Date:10/9/2007

said Dr. Imad Damaj, President, Virginia Muslim Coalition. "It is critical to our communities and our public health to stop the marketing of tobacco products to our children. Congress needs to authorize the FDA to put an end to this marketing and help us protect our children from this deadly addiction."

Recent reports by the President's Cancer Panel and Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that in order for the United States to dramatically reduce tobacco use as a significant public health problem, it is essential to provide FDA authority over tobacco products. As the IOM concluded, "The time has come for Congress to exercise its acknowledged authority to regulate the production, marketing and distribution of tobacco products."

"The tobacco companies get away with their harmful practices because no government agency currently has any real authority over how tobacco products are manufactured or marketed," said Rabbi Ben Romer of Richmond's Congregation Or Ami. "This year, Congress has an opportunity to do something truly important to improve the health of America's families."

Identical, bipartisan bills to grant the FDA authority over tobacco have been introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives. Demonstrating strong, bipartisan support, the legislation has 55 Senate sponsors and 200 House sponsors. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the legislation on August 1.

This legislation has the support of every major national public health organization and more than 500 public health, faith and other organizations across the country (see list at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/fda/organizations.pdf ), as well as the strong support of the American people. According to a recent national poll, 70 percent of voters support Congress passing the legislation and 72 percent believe passage of the legislation would be
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