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Southern Arkansas Health Leaders Call for Legislation to Protect Kids From Tobacco

Friday, August 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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Public health and community leaders from Southern Arkansas will hold apress conference on Tuesday, September 4 to announce the results of a new pollconducted in the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas that shows strongsupport for legislation granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)authority over tobacco products. As a member of the House Subcommittee onHealth, Ross will play a key role in this legislation, H.R. 1108, The FamilySmoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The legislation would give FDA the authority to crack down on tobaccomarketing and sales to kids, stop tobacco companies from misleading the publicabout the health risks of their products and require changes in theseproducts, such as the reduction or removal of harmful constituents.

Unbelievably, despite being the most deadly product sold in America,tobacco products are exempt from basic health regulations that apply to otherproducts we consume, such as food and drugs. The FDA regulates a box ofmacaroni and cheese and a tube of lipstick, but not a pack of cigarettes.Products that are regulated by the FDA will be on display at the event.

CONTACT: Debbie Willhite of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,+1-202-441-6446.Press Conference September 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Genesis Cancer Center The following is being issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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