New York Times: Cigarette Machines in New York City (letter to the editor)

(July 23, 2010)

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July 22, 2010

To the Editor:

When we are working to prevent another generation of kids from becoming smokers, it's troubling to learn that there is so little knowledge regarding the whereabouts of cigarette machines in New York City ("A Fixture That Became a Rarity," news article, July 12). More alarming is that, as you report, the number of machines may soon be increasing.

Under a new Food and Drug Administration rule that took effect on June 22, it is now illegal for cigarette machines to be in any location that admits those under 18. The city and the F.D.A. must crack down and ensure compliance so that kids can't get unfettered access to tobacco products.

The American Lung Association in New York supports the F.D.A. rule because it will prevent kids from starting to smoke. We expect to see it strongly enforced.

Scott T. Santarella
President and Chief Executive
American Lung Association
in New York
New York, July 14, 2010