Sign Our Petition: Tell HHS to Continue Efforts to Fight Tobacco Use Disparities
Despite Progress, Some Americans Continue to use Tobacco at High Rates
Together, we’ve made progress in our fight to reduce tobacco use with smoking among adults and kids reaching near historically low levels in 2016. However, not all Americans have benefitted equally from this progress. Smoking rates continue to be high in certain parts of the country, and among certain populations including lower-income Americans, people who live in rural areas, Native Americans and people with behavioral health disorders.
Our 2018 State of Tobacco Control report identifies the proven policies that we need federal and state governments to take action on to reduce tobacco use and save lives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays a very important role in making these policies happen.
That’s where you come in. We need your help to tell HHS Secretary Alex Azar to continue and expand HHS’s efforts to reduce tobacco use among populations that continue to use tobacco at high rates. These efforts include:
- The Food and Drug Administration acting to eliminate all flavors, including menthol, from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.
- The continuation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highly successful “Tips from Former Smokers” media campaign that shares the personal stories of people living with tobacco-related diseases and helps smokers get help with quitting;
- The continuation of the Food and Drug Administration’s “Real Cost” media campaign, which targets kids ages 12-17 at high risk for tobacco use, including specific campaigns targeting rural youth and LGBT youth.
The American Lung Association believes all Americans deserve the chance to live a full and healthy life, free from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Sign your name below if you support Secretary Azar and HHS continuing its efforts to fight tobacco use and to ultimately put an end to tobacco-related death and disease.