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AMA Supports Action by U.S. House to Better Regulate Tobacco Products

For immediate release:
April 2, 2009

Statement attributable to:
Nancy Nielsen, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association supports action taken today by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a step toward better regulation of tobacco. This legislation is critical to combat smoking-related diseases and help get cigarettes out of the hands of children by giving the FDA needed regulatory authority over tobacco products.

“It’s no secret that tobacco use kills. It remains the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., taking more than 400,000 American lives each year. And every day 1,000 children become new smokers. It’s time for Congress to pass legislation to regulate the tobacco industry and protect the health of Americans, particularly our nation’s youth. The bill will stop illegal sales of tobacco products to children, further restrict marketing, especially to kids, and require more informative package health warnings.

“The FDA currently serves a vital role in protecting the health of Americans through the regulation of food and drugs. This bill ensures that the FDA will have the resources necessary to regulate the tobacco industry.”

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Mollie Turner
AMA Media Relations