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May 14, 2009 [Washington, DC] -- Today Lung Cancer Alliance sent a letter of support to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) commending his tireless support of The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. This bill would give the Food and Drug Administation regulatory oversight of tobacco for the first time. The legislation would allow the FDA to recommend and enforce guidelines for the sale, marketing, ingredients and health disclosure of all tobacoo products sold in the United States.
Lung Cancer Alliance's letter can be read below.
For more information on The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, please click here.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Kennedy,
Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to patient support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer, commends the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for its decision to undertake consideration of S. 982, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, your legislation to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. On April 2nd, the House passed this legislation with a solid bipartisan vote of 298-112. We look forward working with you to secure passage in the United States Senate and applaud you for your tireless support of this legislation.
Tobacco-caused diseases remain the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 Americans each year and costing our health care system an estimated $96 billion annually. More than 1,000 kids become regular, daily smokers each day – and one-third of them will ultimately die from their addiction. Amazingly, tobacco products are virtually unregulated by the federal government. Tobacco products are exempt from basic health regulations that apply to other consumer products such as drugs, medical devices and foods. It is time for this special protection to end.
Lung Cancer Alliance is one of more than 1,000 national, state and local organizations that support legislation giving the FDA authority over tobacco products. We believe that this legislation will help the next generation of Americans avoid a deadly, life-long addiction to tobacco use.
Lung Cancer Alliance is dedicated to reducing the incidence and mortality of lung cancer in America. Effective and comprehensive oversight of tobacco is fundamental to achieving these goals, is an important step towards the future and is critical to addressing the nation’s leading cancer killer.
We applaud your leadership on this important public health legislation and look forward to working with you to ensure its passage by the Senate.
President and CEO
Lung Cancer Alliance