Senator Reid Leads Fight to Protect America’s Kids From Tobacco
Majority Leader Reid made consideration of this legislation a priority in the Senate and provided critical leadership in a nearly two-week Senate debate on the bill, leading to the overwhelming, bipartisan vote for the legislation.
“Senator Reid has been an extraordinary leader in this historic effort to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives,” said
FDA regulation of tobacco products is an essential step toward improving health and reducing health care costs in
This legislation grants the FDA the authority and resources necessary to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products. Among other things, it will:
- Restrict tobacco advertising and promotions, especially to children.
- Stop illegal sales of tobacco products to children.
- Require large, graphic health warnings that cover the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs.
- Ban misleading health claims such as “light” and “low-tar” and strictly regulate all health claims about tobacco products to ensure they are scientifically proven and do not discourage current tobacco users from quitting or encourage new users to start.
- Require tobacco companies to disclose the contents of tobacco products, as well as changes in products and research about their health effects.
- Empower the FDA to require changes in tobacco products, such as the removal or reduction of harmful ingredients or the reduction of nicotine levels.
- Fully fund the FDA’s new tobacco-related responsibilities with a user fee on tobacco companies so no resources are taken from the FDA’s current work.
For more information on the legislation and state-specific statistics on the toll of tobacco, please visit www.tobaccofreekids.org.
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids