More kids are smoking cigars. Three new studies were just released that showed cigar use - including flavored cigars - is increasing among adults and kids. And it's not a coincidence that the tobacco industry is now pressuring Congress to exempt cigars from basic oversight by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that protects our kids. So why is your Representative in Washington supporting the cigar industry? We need your help in fighting back.
The tobacco industry is backing a bill that would take away all of FDA’s authority to regulate most cigars, including the cigars that are most popular among youth. This would mean FDA could not require warning labels, require cigars to be put behind the counters away from kids, or tell cigar manufacturers to take out candy-flavors that are appealing to youth smokers.
Your Representative is supporting this sweetheart deal for cigars. Now we need you to contact Congress today and tell your Representative to withdraw co-sponsorship from this dangerous legislation.
Cigar smoking is not safe. According to the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Cancer Institute, cigar smoking causes lung cancer and other cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as heart disease. And cigar smoking isn’t limited to just adults: almost 3,000 kids smoke a cigar for the first time each day. Fifteen percent of all high school boys are current cigar smokers - almost as many as those who smoke cigarettes! That’s why it’s so important that FDA keep its authority to put in place common sense protections to keep everyone – especially our kids – safe.
Please speak up today to say that you want commonsense oversight of cigars to protect public health.
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