Dear ATS Members,
Today the House overwhelmingly approved (by a vote of 298-112!)
bi-partisan legislation co-sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman
and Todd Platts that gives the FDA the authority to oversee and
regulate tobacco marketing and sales in the U.S. The Family Smoking Prevention and
Tobacco Control Act
establishes FDA regulation of tobacco products that would strengthen
measures to protect children from predatory tobacco marketing,
improve health and save lives across the nation.
This marks a historic moment and a major victory for those of us
who prize the health of this nation over the profits of tobacco
companies, and for me it marks the proudest moment of my
presidency. The ATS has been a force in shaping and supporting
this bill, which has the potential to save tens of thousands of
livesó and it will begin to do so from the very moment that it
passes the Senate and President Obama signs it into law, as he has
already indicated he will.
Nationally, there are more than 400,000 tobacco-related deaths
annually in the U.S. and every day 3,000 teens who try cigarettes
and become permanent smokers.
Swift action in the Senate to approve this legislation is
imperative now in order to implement FDA regulation of tobacco and
loosen the grip of tobacco addiction in the United States for this
and every generation to follow.
I would like to thank both the Members of Congress who were
instrumental in the crafting and passing of this bill, the ATS
members who e-mailed, called or traveled to Washington in support of
this legislation and the Washington office staff, particularly Gary
Ewart and Nuala Moore, for keeping the ATS members informed and on
message in this legislative campaign.
Jo Rae Wright,