Thursday, June 11, 2009


Just moments ago, the U.S. Senate passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act with a landslide vote of 79-17. This is a major victory for the American Heart Association and health advocates everywhere! The most deadly product sold in America will no longer be the least regulated!
This legislation represents the strongest action Congress has ever taken to reduce tobacco use. This bill grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products. In April, the House of Representatives passed similiar legislation. We expect President Obama to sign this into law very soon!

Hazardous products such as rat poison, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia have all been found in cigarettes. These toxins are individually regulated by the FDA, but, when contained in cigarettes, they were exempt from oversight. This legislation gives the FDA the power to regulate ingredients in tobacco products, ban fruit or candy-flavored cigarettes, ban use of ”light,” “low-tar” and “mild” labels on cigarette advertisements and require stronger, more specific health warning labels and full disclosure of all ingredients contained in a pack of cigarettes.

Thanks for helping make this bill a reality!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Senate Begins Debate on the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Last week, the Senate HELP Committee debated and passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by a vote of 15-8. The United States Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the bill today.

This bill would stop the marketing of tobacco products to children. It also would require tobacco companies to list the poisons in their products and mandate larger and more effective warning labels on tobacco packaging.

Each year 400,000 Americans die from tobacco related illnesses. Big Tobacco spends billions of dollars a year to lure new customers (some of them children) into trying their products, by advertising fruit flavored and candy flavorings. This legislation is key in helping eliminate these deceptive advertising practices.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to fight for this bill. We have repeatedly seen the impact of your work in moving Members of Congress and the United States Senate to our side. We will continue to update you on the progress of this bill and when action is necessary. Stay tuned to your e-mails for the latest updates.