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AMA Reacts to 2010 State of Tobacco Control Report

Calls for more tobacco prevention and smoking cessation programs in states

For immediate release:
Jan. 20, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Carl A. Sirio, MD
Board Member,
American Medical Association

"The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased to see progress at the federal level to curb tobacco use, but is deeply disappointed that efforts at the state level received mostly failing grades.

"Despite tremendous progress over the last year, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Health care costs associated with treating tobacco-related illnesses account for more than $193 billion annually.

 "We encourage state governments to implement more tobacco prevention and smoking cessation programs that will help Americans quit using tobacco and protect others from exposure to second-hand smoke. By funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs, states can help lower health care costs and, more importantly, save lives."

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Media contact:
Lisa Lecas
American Medical Association
(312) 464-5980
lisa.lecas@ama-assn.org


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