American Lung Association Applauds Senate HELP Committee for Strong Commitment to Public Health

Life Saving Legislation Is Now Ready for Action on Senate Floor

Washington, DC (August 1, 2007)

Statement of Bernadette A. Toomey, President and CEO, American Lung Association

Today’s passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) is truly historic.  This legislation will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority it needs to regulate the products responsible for more than 438,000 deaths each year. 

The American Lung Association thanks Chairman Ted Kennedy for his long commitment to protecting public health and for his leadership moving this legislation forward.   Senators Kennedy, Bingaman, Brown, Clinton, Dodd, Gregg, Harkin, Mikulski, Murkowski, Murray, Obama, Reed and Sanders are commended for their vote to support this life saving bill.

With a strong, bipartisan majority of Senators cosponsoring the bill, Majority Leader Reid must schedule prompt floor action on this legislation.  The HELP Committee action sends a strong signal to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell to complete its consideration on the legislation and move it forward.

Congress must not squander this historic opportunity.

About the American Lung Association
Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is “Improving life, one breath at a time.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to
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