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

Washington, D.C. (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

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.


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: