Congress & President Kick Tobacco Companies Butts

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American Cancer Society® Cancer Action Network - Another Major Legislative Victory
Congratulations! We've kicked Big Tobacco's Butts! Send Washington a Thank You Note Breaking News: Congress and the President kick tobacco's butts

I'm writing with momentous news! Next week, President Obama will sign the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law. Thanks to your support, this law will help save countless lives.

This is a huge victory for the health of all Americans - and a major step forward in our fight against cancer. Just take a look at what the new law does:

  • Tobacco companies must reveal all product ingredients to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and seek FDA approval for any new products.

  • Our nation's children - potential first-time smokers - will no longer be seduced by flavored tobacco products, including candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, which will be banned.

  • Consumers won't be misled by cigarettes labeled "light," "mild," or "low-tar" as healthier choices. These terms have also been banned.

  • Warning labels will be clearly visible, taking up at least half of the front and back of cigarette packages.

  • No more public cigarette vending machines in places where IDs haven't been checked.

  • Children will be further protected from tobacco advertisements and sponsorships, which will be banned near schools and playgrounds and at sports or entertainment events. The law also restricts colorful store displays.
It's not easy to stand up to an enemy like Big Tobacco, but that's what Congress did and what President Obama will do next week. That's because there's nothing more powerful than the voices of real people, all across the country, fighting for change that will save lives.

Help us thank our leaders in Washington for listening and passing this historic piece of legislation. Sign our thank-you note now.

For decades, the American Cancer Society has led the fight against tobacco, and along with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), has long fought for bipartisan legislation to prevent children and teens from smoking.

However, the true leaders in this fight have been people just like you who through your financial support and volunteer efforts helped pass this critical legislation. In just the past few weeks, volunteers have held dozens of meetings, made more than 5,000 phone calls and sent 18,500 emails to our nation's lawmakers.

Please remember to thank our leaders in Washington for making public health and the health of our children a priority. Sign our thank-you note now.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates this law could reduce youth smoking by 11 percent and adult smoking by 2 percent during the next decade. That means there will be far fewer lives lost to cancer caused by tobacco.

On behalf of the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN - and the many people whose lives this legislation will help save - thank you so much for your continued support to help people get well and stay well, to find cures, and to fight back against cancer.

This one piece of historic legislation will help us create a future with many more birthdays. That's truly something to celebrate.

With thanks,

John R. Seffrin, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

PS: Have your friends and loved ones heard about this big victory? Forward them this email to let them know the good news.

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