American Lung Association Responds to Federal Court Ruling Rejecting New York City Law to Require Antismoking Posters in Stores

Statement of the American Lung Association and the American Lung Association in New York

(December 30, 2010)

The American Lung Association is disappointed by the Federal Court decision to reject a law requiring all New York City businesses selling tobacco products to post tobacco health warning signs. The American Lung Association filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the law. We believe the court erred in its decision. We urge the city to appeal the decision.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in both the United States and New York City. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a smoker can do to improve the length and quality of their life. The city’s warning signs portray factual messages about the dangers of smoking, and serve as a heath reminder to consumers.

The American Lung Association will be releasing its annual State of Tobacco Control report on January 20, which grades the strength of federal and state laws protecting Americans from tobacco-caused disease. The report and state grades will be available at www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org.

The Lung Association has been successfully helping smokers quit for more than 30 years with our Freedom From Smoking program. For assistance with quitting smoking or for additional questions about lung health, please call the American Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine at 1-800-548-8252.