Continue the fight against tobacco
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