WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown:
The one-year anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
The American Heart Association wholeheartedly supports the FDA's efforts to enforce the law and move swiftly to implement several critical provisions including those taking effect on Tuesday, June 22, the first anniversary of the law. Among them, the ban on "light," "mild," "low-tar" and similar descriptors in all advertising, labeling and marketing of existing cigarettes and smokeless products; larger, stronger warning labels required on all smokeless tobacco packages and in ads; and new regulations that severely restrict the marketing of tobacco products to children. These new rules will support the association's goals to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by the year 2020 and reduce heart disease and stroke death rates linked to tobacco use.
We continue to applaud Congress and the Administration for taking bold action with enactment of this historic legislation. However, more work lies ahead of us. All Americans must have access to comprehensive smoking prevention and cessation programs in their communities that are adequately funded, and state legislation to increase tobacco excise taxes and establish smoke-free workplaces must be enacted. This anniversary should be a celebratory occasion as well as an opportunity to redouble our efforts to make our nation 100 percent smoke-free.
SOURCE American Heart Association
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