Con­tinue the fight against to­bacco

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As a youth anti-to­bacco ad­vo­cate from Mary­land, I ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship Con­gress­man Steny Hoyer (D-Md, 5th) has pro­vided in the fight against to­bacco. He has sup­ported strong poli­cies to re­duce to­bacco use, in­clud­ing FDA reg­u­la­tion of to­bacco prod­ucts and the CDC’s pro­grams to pre­vent kids from smok­ing and help smok­ers quit. These steps have helped re­duce smok­ing to record lows.

But the to­bacco in­dus­try is fight­ing back, and they’re get­ting sup­port from some mem­bers of Congress. The House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee has passed bills that would weaken FDA over­sight of e-cig­a­rettes and cigars, which have be­come pop­u­lar with kids, and cut fund­ing by more than half for the CDC’s anti-to­bacco pro­grams. The CDC fund­ing cut could elim­i­nate the pow­er­ful ”Tips from For­mer Smoker” TV ads that have helped more than 400,000 smok­ers quit and saved at least 50,000 lives.

Con­gress­man Hoyer is a pow­er­ful mem­ber of the House lead­er­ship, and we need his help to de­feat these very dan­ger­ous pro­vi­sions and make sure they never be­come law. Congress should pro­tect kids, not to­bacco com­pa­nies. De­van Og­burn, Up­per Marl­boro

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